Sales of plant protection products

The thematic sheet "Sales of plant protection products" provides information on the evolution of sales of this class of products by type of function and by area of Utilised Agricultural Area.


As one of the most effective means of protecting plants and plant products against harmful organisms, including weeds, as well as of improving agricultural production, the use of plant protection products can bring significant benefits to society by increasing the availability of good-quality produce at affordable prices.

However, its use can entail risks for human beings, animals and the environment. It was approved by Decree No. 81/2019, of 20th March, the National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products - 1st Review. In this National Plan, which will be implemented in the next five years, the strong focus remains on training users of plant protection products.

In this regard, EU legislation is rather innovative and strict. Together with  Directive 2009/128/EC, the EC published Regulation (EC) no. 1107/2009 concerning the placement of plant protection products on the market, an instrument that has tightened requirements with regard to the protection of human and animal health, as well as of the environment, leading to improvements in the functioning of the internal market through the harmonisation of the rules for the placing of plant protection products on the market. The provisions of the Regulation are based on the reinforcement of the precautionary principle, in order to ensure that the active substances or products placed on the market do not have a negative impact on human or animal health or the environment.

Domestic sales of plant protection products are, currently, the best indicator for measuring its use.

This fact sheet concerns mainland Portugal and the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and the Azores and shall be updated on an annual basis.

Objectives and targets: 
  • To encourage the adoption of agricultural practices and methods for managing crop pests and the sustainable use of plant protection products, namely by increasing the users' awareness, promoting Codes of Practice, Organic Farming and Integrated Pest Management ;
  • To change, through specific training, the behaviour of the users of plant protection products in order to ensure that they follow the instructions provided in labels, namely in what regards purposes, concentrations, application rates and biological, toxicological and ecotoxicological precautions and conditions;
  •  To improve the quality and effectiveness of the equipment used for the application of plant protection products, so that users can maximise the effectiveness of the treatments while minimising possible negative impacts on human health and the environment.
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Last update: 
Tuesday, 3 September, 2019