Statistics on the sale of pesticides are used as an indicator of pesticide consumption in agriculture. Among the 20 European Union (EU) Member States for which complete data are available, Spain, France, Italy and Germany accounted for a large majority (79 %) of pesticide sales reported in 2016. These countries are also the main agricultural producers in the EU, collectively accounting for about one half (46 %) of the EU’s total utilised agriculture area and one half (47 %) of its total arable land, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, informs. Romania ranks fifth.
In terms of the categories of pesticides sold, the highest sales volumes in 2016 were for “Fungicides and bactericides”, followed by “Herbicides, haulm destructors and moss killers” and “Insecticides and acaricides”.