"Agrichemical" (or "agrochemical"), a contraction of "agricultural chemical", is a generic term for the various
chemicalproducts used in agriculture. In most cases, "agrichemical" refers to the broad range of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides, but it may also include synthetic fertilizers, hormonesand other chemical growth agents, and concentrated stores of raw animal manure.
Most agrichemicals are
toxic, and all agrichemicals in bulk storage pose significant environmental and/or healthrisks, particularly in the event of accidental spills. In many countries, access to and use of agrichemicals is highly regulated. Government-issued permits for purchase and use of approved agrichemicals may be required, and significant penalties can result from misuse, including improper storage resulting in spillage. On farms, proper storage facilities and labeling, emergency clean-up equipmentand procedures, and safetyequipment and procedures for handling, application and disposal are specific areas of concern, often subject to mandatory standards and regulations.
Usually, the regulations are carried out through the registration process.
According to "Agrow",
Bayer CropScienceled the agrichemical industry in sales in 2007. Syngentawas second, followed by BASF, Dow Agrosciences, Monsanto, and DuPont. [cite journal|date=March 14, 2008|title=Top six all ahead in 2007|journal=Agrow|issue=539|pages=3]
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