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Manufacture of Pesticides and Other Agrochemical Products
The pesticides and agrochemical industry are facing major changes in terms of technological developments and consumers becoming increasingly conscious about health. The growth of the industry in biopesticides, which are derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals, may provide growth opportunities for South African companies.
Slow Growth, Infestations and Disease
Growth in the industry continues to be affected by low economic growth and climatic conditions that adversely impacted on plantings. The industry has also faced a series of challenges including infestations of fall armyworms, Asian fruit flies and polyphagous shot-hole borer beetles which have attacked various tree species and crops such as avocado, macadamia, stone fruit and wine crops. In addition, some citrus exports were suspended due to European Union concerns over the spreading of black spot disease.
This report focuses on the manufacture of pesticides and other agrochemical products in South Africa. The report describes the industry value chain and influencing factors including new technologies such as drone-spraying and the increasing focus on biopesticides. There are profiles of 16 companies including biopesticide producer Oro Agri, which was bought by Omnia, and Ascendis Health, which is selling its biosciences division, which includes the company Efekto, which sells pesticides.