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Overall consumption of plant protection products (PPPs) has been decreasing.



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Figure KM01-1: The wholesale trade of plant protection products in tons of active substances
Sources: 

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2013.

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1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Fungicides and bactericides t 916 917 731 693 656 694 839 886 842.6 932.7
Herbicides t 655 576 526 418 425 478 428 432 408.5 365.9
Insecticides t 353 324 296 260 243 180 154 192 98 80.9
Other products t 107 109 119 124 117 100 105 92 119 18.8
Total t 2031 1962 1672 1495 1444 1452 1526 1602 1468.1 1398.3
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Fungicides and bactericides t 936.7 844.1 1114.5 968 817 689 847 794 789 797.1
Herbicides t 385 400.5 291.2 320 322 334 296 276 254 264.3
Insecticides t 109.5 122.9 99.9 97 110 106 42 69 62 38.6
Other products t 40.8 67 25.2 29 32 26 32 23 29 21.9
Total t 1471.9 1434.5 1530.7 1414 1281 1155 1218 1163 1134 1121.9
2012
Fungicides and bactericides t 700.2
Herbicides t 257
Insecticides t 41.7
Other products t 17.1
Total t 1016.1
Figure KM01-2: The share of wholesale trade of plant protection products for 2010
Sources: 

Phytosanitary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, 2011.

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2012
fungicides t 700.2
herbicides t 257
Insecticides t 41.7
other products t 17.1
total t 1016.1
fungicides % 68.9
herbicides % 25.3
Insecticides % 4.1
other products % 1.7
total % 100
Figure KM01-3: The use of plant protection products per hectare of arable land (comparison for 2002 according to different sources of data on the surface of arable land)
Sources: 

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2011; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, 2005; Phytosanitary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, 2011.

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2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Fungicides kg of active substance per ha 3.9 4.6 4.7 4.2 5.5 4.8 4 3.4 4.1 4
Herbicides kg of active substance per ha 1.9 1.8 1.9 2 1.4 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.4 1.4
Insecticides kg of active substance per ha 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.2 0.3
Total kg of active substance per ha 6.8 6.9 7.4 7.1 7.5 6.9 6.2 5.7 5.9 5.8
2010 2011 2012
Fungicides kg of active substance per ha 4 4.1 3.5
Herbicides kg of active substance per ha 1.3 1.4 1.3
Insecticides kg of active substance per ha 0.3 0.2 0.2
Total kg of active substance per ha 5.7 5.7 5.1
Figure KM01-4: The use of plant protection products per hectare of arable land in individual EU Member States in the years 2003, 2005, and 2007
Sources: 

Eurostat, 2009; Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2008; Phytosanitary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, 2009.

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Belgium Italy Portugal Netherlands SLOVENIA France United Kingdom Irland Gremany Austria
2003 kg/ha 10.3 8.9 7.6 6.9 6.8 3.8 3.6 2.5 2.5 2.3
2005 kg/ha 11.3 9.1 8.6 8.1 6.8 4 3.8 2.4 2.4 2.3
2007 kg/ha 9.9 9.8 5.6 4 2.7
Hungary Denmark Sweden Finland Poland Latvia
2003 kg/ha 2.3 1.2 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.4
2005 kg/ha 2.5 1.3 0.6 0.6 1.4 0.7
2007 kg/ha 3 1.4 1.3 0.9

Plant protection products (PPPs) (phyto-pharmaceutical products, subgroup of pesticides) are active substances or their preparations intended to protect
plants by producing effects on harmful organisms or plants, parts of plants or plant products.

According to the sales data, the consumption of PPPs in Slovenia decreased by half, from 2,031 tons in 1992 to 1,016 tons in 2012. In the last five years,
consumption has remained steady at around 5.7 kg of active substance per hectare of arable land, with fluctuations, mainly caused by weather conditions. In
2012, the total use of PPPs was 5.1 kg per hectare, which is the lowest use of PPPs in the entire observed period. It should be taken into consideration
that the presented consumption per hectare is slightly overestimated since the data on land do not include all the land where PPPs are used (agricultural
areas owned by non-farmers, lawns, sports fields, etc.).

The consumption of PPPs per hectare of arable land in Slovenia exceeds the average consumption in most EU countries, but it is comparable with the
consumption in the countries with a similar types of crops and production conditions. Slovenia is characterized by a high percentage of permanent crops –
orchards, vineyards and hop fields; in these areas, the consumption of pesticides (mainly fungicides) per hectare is considerably higher than the
consumption of such products in cereals and the majority of root crops. The fungicides still account for more than two thirds of all PPPs used in Slovenia;
the largest share among these is comprised of inorganic fungicides based on sulphur, which are less harmful to the environment.

The consumption of herbicides is declining, owing to the use of new groups of preparations containing lower doses of active substances per hectare and
significant changes in the sowing structure. The consumption of insecticides, accounting for less than one-twentieth of all pesticides used, has varied,
primarily due to weather conditions that favour the development of pests. With a view to protecting consumers of agricultural products as well as the
environment – mainly water resources – the registration, turnover and consumption of PPPs are governed by law. Special restrictions apply to the use of
PPPs in water protection areas.


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