Weed Science Society, TAIWAN

The Herbicide Market in Taiwan in 2004

By Lai-Ping FONG

www.ag168.com

2005.12.14

According to the statistic of the Council of Agriculture, there were 375 active ingredients and 4,450 registration certificates of the agrochemicals registered in Taiwan.  Counting by the co-formulation, there were 531 compounds and 4,927 registration certificates in total in 2004 in Taiwan.

On herbicide aspects, there were 72 active ingredients and 505 registration certificates of the herbicides approved.  Counting by the co-formulation, there were 99 compounds and 549 registration certificates registered.  The number of the registration certificates of the herbicides was shared 11% of the total issue of the Council of Agriculture. 

Herbicides play the main role in the agrochemical market in Taiwan.  Based on the quantity, the sales volume was 15,733MT that shared 42% of the total agrochemicals in 2004.  Based on the amount, the turnover was NT$1.4 billion (equal 45 mio. USD with the exchange rate USD:NT$=32) that shared 27% of the total market in 2004.@ To compare with 2003, the sales volume was decreased by 3% and the sales turnover was down by 4%.

        Table 1. The segments of Taiwan agrochemical market in 2004        

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Segment

Sales volume
(MT)

Market share based on sales volume

Sales amount (mio. NTD)

Sales amount (mio. USD)

Market share based on sales amount

Herbicide

15,733

42%

 1,439

45.0

27%

Insecticide

15,952

43%

2,338

73.0

44%

Fungicide

4,511

12%

1,424

44.5

26%

Others

1,111

3%

134

4.2

3%

Total

37,307

100%

5,335

166.7

100%

 

    (1)  The market of non-selective herbicides:

Glyphosate IPA 41%S, Paraquat 24% and Gluflosinate-ammonium 13.5% are the main non-selective herbicide in Taiwan.  These 3 products shared the sales volume and turnover of the total herbicide market by 60% and 72% respectively.  Glyphosate IPA was the top one, the sales volume was 6,079 and the turnover was $545 million NT (equal to 17 mio. USD) in 2004.  Glyphosate IPA dominated the total herbicide market by 64% on sales volume and over 51% on sales amount.  To compare with 2003, the sales volume was down 2% but the sales amount was increased by 1%. Among the NSH, the Gluflosinate-ammonium was growing up by 30% significantly.

        Table 2. The main NSH in 2004                       @@@@@@  Price level: ex-factory

            Rank

Main herbicides

Formulation

Sales volume(MT)

Sales amount(mio. NTD)

Sales amount (mio. USD)

1

Glyphosate IPA 4

41%S

6,079

545

17.0

2

Paraquat

24%S

2,685

299

9.3

3

Glufosinate-ammonium

13.5%S

692

200

6.3

 

Others

 

28

15

0.5

 

Total turnover of NSH

 

9,484

1,059

33.1

 

    (2)  The market of herbicides used on paddy rice fields

The main formulation of the herbicides used on the paddy rice fields is granule.  In 2004, the sales volume of total herbicides used on paddy rice fields was 5,319 MT; the total turnover was 145 million NT$ (equal to 4.5 million USD). The leading products were Butachlor and Butachlor Bensulfuron-methyl.  These 2 products dominated the total herbicides used on paddy rice by 74% on sales volume and 50% on sales amount.  To compare with 2003, the market decreased by -4.5% and -15% on sales volume and sales amount respectively.  The stagnant was mainly caused by the decrease of the cultivated area of the paddy rice. 

        Table 3. The market of herbicides on paddy rice fields in 2004.   Price level: ex-factory

Rank

Main herbicides

Formulation

Sales volume (MT)

Sales amount (mio. NTD)

Sales amount (mio. USD)

1

Butachlor

5%G

2,846

42

1.3

2

Butachor Bensulfuron-methyl

2.583%G

1,092

31

1.0

 

Others

 

1,381

72

2.2

 

Total turnover of herbicides used on paddy rice fields

 

5,319

145

4.5

 

    (3) The market of herbicides used on dry land

Fluazifop-butyl and pendimethralin were the main herbicides used on dry land.  The turnover of these two products was about 40 million NT$ (equal to 1.2 million USD) and 30 million NT$ (equal to 0.9 million USD) respectively.  Due to the drought in 2004, the sales amount was decreased by 7.8% on sales volume and 10% on turnover to compare with the sales of 2003.  

        Table 4. The market of herbicides on dry land in 2004         Price level: ex-factory

Rank

Main herbicides

Formulation

Sales volume (MT)

Sales amount (mio. NTD)

Sales amount (mio. USD)

1

Fluazifop-butyl

10%WP

73

39

1.2

2

Pendimethralin

34%EC

144

29

0.9

 

Others

Others

713

167

5.2

 

Total turnover of herbicides used on dry land

 

930

235

7.3

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