Definition of agrochemical in English:


(also agrichemical)


  • A chemical used in agriculture, such as a pesticide or a fertilizer.

    ‘a forum for those with an interest in the safe and effective use of agrochemicals’
    • ‘The Rochester team studied the effects of a mixture of two common agrochemicals, the herbicide paraquat and the fungicide maneb.’
    • ‘Input use: large farms tend to use purchased inputs like agrochemicals, while small farms are more likely to use non-purchased inputs, like manure and compost produced on the farm.’
    • ‘It is true in theory that any given small farm might employ toxic agrochemicals, genetically modified seeds, or other techniques typical of industrial agriculture.’
    • ‘He said his company was making efforts to develop the sector through the provision of the required farm equipment and agrochemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.’
    • ‘During our eccentric farming decade, we tried to reproduce for interest's sake the pre-war ways of running a 40-acre holding with only heavy horses to work the land, and no modern agrochemicals.’
    • ‘This should then lead to a strategic approach to testing which could be applied similarly to industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, food additives, etc.’
    • ‘The firms are involved with a range of products including paint, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, paper and textile chemicals.’
    • ‘Here, yields have been increased through organic farming techniques, a much cheaper alternative to conventional agrochemicals.’
    • ‘Most would rather do without agrochemicals or genetically modified crops.’
    • ‘Across the globe, biotechnology products such as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals have been valued at more than $US200-billion this year.’
    • ‘Small peasants, engaged in rice, vegetable and banana cultivation, are unable to find a way out of growing indebtedness, due to the abolition of subsidies on fertilisers, agrochemicals and seeds.’
    • ‘Other research also points to agrochemicals as a potential risk factor for breast cancer (and other forms of cancer too).’
    • ‘The contaminants are usually the result of the use of agrochemicals, fertilizers, and sprays used to increase crop yields, which then get washed into rivers and reservoirs and hence into drinking water.’
    • ‘Even the ground water is unfit for drinking due to large-scale application of fertilizers, pesticides and agrochemicals in the tea gardens.’
    • ‘These were further developed in the 1960s when agro-industrial complexes were set up to grow crops as well as producing fertilizers, pesticides, and other agrochemicals.’
    • ‘However, adverse effects of high input agriculture have been recognized, as fertilizers and agrochemicals discharged from agriculture cause surface water pollution.’
    • ‘Public concern about the intensive use of agrochemicals has led to a rapidly-growing and welcome demand for organic produce.’
    • ‘The coffee plantations were abandoned in 1995 and have not been harvested or treated with agrochemicals since.’
    • ‘The developments of combinatorial chemistry and the identification of new target sites from genomics research are likely to enhance the quality of agrochemicals at the farmer's disposal.’
    • ‘Originally this was applied to remote sensing for checking the effects of agrochemicals used by farmers, to increase efficiency and reduce ecological damage.’


  • Relating to agrochemicals or their use.

    ‘the dangers of agrochemical pollution’
    • ‘The industry is structured differently from the agrochemical industry.’
    • ‘Future research may include collaborations with Turkish universities and transfer of advanced bioassay technology for agrochemical research.’
    • ‘Further, the vast majority are not circumscribed by issues relating to intellectual property or worries relating to the predominant position of large agrochemical concerns.’
    • ‘Major threats include: introduced species, hunting and collecting, habitat destruction and agrochemical use.’
    • ‘In the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors, selectively fluorinated products are increasingly common.’