Large farms in China use less agricultural chemicals
19 June 2018
China uses more than 30% of global agrochemicals on only 9% of the world’s cropland. This fact makes it the largest consumer of agricultural chemicals worldwide. The recent scientific study reveals that small farms are the main cause of it, because they overuse fertilizers. The use of agrochemicals by larger farms tends to be more efficient than that of farmers operating on a smaller scale due to better knowledge and management skills. By increasing the farm size in China to the world average it would be possible to reduce per-hectare use of fertilizers by 30% and of pesticides by 50%.