Russian pesticide production use climbs 150% from 2008 to 2014

A study released Monday shows pesticide use in Russia grew 150 percent from 2008 to 2014, thanks to soil intensification and government support of farmers and pesticide producers.

Moscow-based Research.Techart reported that Russian growers used more than 110 thousand tons of pesticides in 2014; about half were produced by local companies. The biggest market issues were a decreasing grain yield, a struggling economy, the weak ruble and credit problems.

The study said the Russian pesticides market will decline in the short term.