The purpose of this statistic is to illuminate the sale and use of pesticides in agricultural crops. The statistics are used inter alia to assess the environmental and health risks associated with the use of pesticides. The statistics are comparable from 1981 onwards.
The statistics are an annual statement of pesticide sales and pesticide use in agricultural crops, by weight and frequency of treatment. Pesticide sales are divided into pesticide type and pesticide group.
Data are collected by Environmental Protection Agency.
The statistics cover the need for information on which substances and amounts of pesticides that are being used. This information is used along with the documentation used in connection with approval of pesticides, as an essential prerequisite in order to assess some of the environmental and health risks associated with the use of pesticides.
Errors may occur in connection with registration of data in The Ministry of Environment as a a huge amount of data information is involved.
The statistics are published no later than the year after the end of the reference period. The statistics are published without delay in relation to scheduled release times.
The Danish Crop Protection Association also collects data about sales of pesticides. However, the material is not suitable for use in connection with the compilation of pesticide statistics as the association only has nineteen members. The statistics can give a rough idea about developments. The statistics are published earlier than data are received from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.