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Agricultural Biologicals Market Analysis

ID: MRFR//5166-HCR | 90 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| April 2024

The landscape of organic agriculture is experiencing a notable surge in emerging markets, particularly in countries like India and China. This trend is attributed to favorable market opportunities and a growing inclination among small-scale farmers in these regions to adopt organic farming practices. The catalysts for this transformation include increasing awareness among farmers about the hazardous effects of chemical fertilizers and the escalating costs associated with conventional agricultural inputs.

In both India and China, there is a palpable shift towards embracing biofertilizers as a sustainable alternative, with significant investments being made in organic production. The adverse environmental impact of chemical-intensive farming methods has prompted farmers to explore more eco-friendly options. The rising costs of chemical fertilizers further contribute to the allure of biofertilizers, which offer a greener and economically viable solution.

One of the driving forces behind the growth of biofertilizers in emerging markets is the transition from conventional farming to organic practices. This shift is evident in the statistics, with India leading the pack in terms of the number of organic producers, closely followed by Mexico, as reported in 2015. The increasing global number of organic producers, growing by around 7.2% since 2014, underscores the global momentum towards sustainable and organic agriculture.

In the context of Asia, China emerges as a key player in the organic products market. The country is witnessing a pivotal shift from an export-focused approach to a more domestically oriented production model. This change aligns with a broader global trend towards self-sufficiency and a focus on meeting local demand for organic products. Notably, China boasts over 300 biofertilizer-producing enterprises, collectively producing about half a million tonnes annually. The application area of biofertilizers in China has reached an expansive 167 million hectares, showcasing the widespread adoption of eco-friendly agricultural practices.

One notable aspect of the organic farming landscape in China is the presence of support systems for certification and marketing. Many commercial organic farmers benefit from these support structures, which incentivize the adoption of organic practices. China's certified Green Foods program stands out as one of the most successful eco-labeling initiatives globally. Its success is attributed to its rapid growth over the past decade, similarities to organic standards, and the sheer volume of products certified under this program.

The surge in organic farming and biofertilizer adoption in India and China reflects a broader global shift towards sustainable and environmentally conscious agricultural practices. As small-scale farmers become increasingly aware of the drawbacks of chemical-intensive farming, the demand for organic solutions, including biofertilizers, is on the rise. The investments in organic production, coupled with government initiatives and support systems, further contribute to the positive trajectory of organic agriculture in these emerging markets.

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Segment Outlook Product Type, Operating Platforms, and Region

Global Agricultural Biologicals Market Overview

Agricultural Biologicals Market Size was valued at USD 8.0 billion in 2022. The Agricultural Biologicals market industry is projected to grow from USD 8.9 Billion in 2023 to USD 17.9 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2% during the forecast period (2023 - 2030). Increasing awareness among the farmers regarding the benefits of biologicals has increased the demand for agricultural biologicals as the key market drivers enhancing market growth.Agricultural Biologicals MarketSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Agricultural Biologicals Market Trends

  • Expanding Selection of Pest Management Practices for Sustainable Agricultural Practices to boost market growth

Biopesticides are becoming increasingly popular among growers who embrace integrated pest management strategies and are drawn to employing clever and sustainable methods for preserving their crops because of their high effectiveness and environmental friendliness. The adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has become a successful strategy for reducing and controlling the harm that insect pests cause to crops. The IPM strategy integrates specific pest management techniques, including cultural, chemical, biological, and other approaches. 

It is anticipated that the market for bio-pesticides will increase across all nations where the government is attempting to limit the usage of harmful chemical pesticides due to their less toxic nature compared to their numerous synthetic competitors and relatively easy-to-apply qualities. For instance, the EU and the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) partnered to give USD 3.61 million in March 2020 to develop bio-based insecticides for a sustainable farm management strategy. It is anticipated that this will help Europe achieve its objective of sustainable agriculture. Growing knowledge of the harm synthetic plant protection chemicals due to the environment encourages the use of biologicals in agriculture. Mismanagement in the use of synthetic fertilizers has increased the number of greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced, including nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane (CH4), which has firmly pushed farmers and growers to move to bio-based agri-inputs. Contrary to their synthetic counterparts, biopesticides and biofertilizers are less harmful and better tailored to the target pests. These factors are enabling the growth of the agricultural biologicals market CAGR ly in recent years.

Because of their potency in moderate doses, biopesticides help with the more urgent problem of pesticide residues and the integrated pest control procedure. Furthermore, compared to synthetic chemicals, agricultural biologicals have production costs and development times that are roughly 50–60% faster. This will push the Agricultural Biologicals market revenue.

Agricultural Biologicals Market Segment Insights

Agricultural Biologicals Type Insights

Based on type, the Agricultural Biologicals market segmentation includes biopesticides, bio-stimulants, and biofertilizers. The biopesticides segment held the majority share in 2022, contributing to around 52-56% of the Agricultural Biologicals market revenue. The area suitable for organic farming is expanding, and a growing market for organic goods is driving up demand for pesticides. For instance, one of the main factors propelling the growth of the biopesticides market is the growing interest of agriculture stakeholders in pest management and adopting a safer technique to manage insect populations.

October 2021: A novel biostimulant called Biimore was introduced by Tradecorp International in India. It works as a biological control and aids in developing horticulture crops and pre-flowering in broad-acre legume crops.

July 2021: The launch of six new agri-input products, including the biological insecticide Delfin, was announced by Bharat Certis AgriScience Ltd. (BCA), a group subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Japan.Figure 1:  Agricultural Biologicals Market, by Types, 2022 & 2030 (USD billion)Agricultural Biologicals Market, by Types, 2022 & 2030 (USD billion)Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Agricultural Biologicals Source Insights

Based on the source, the Agricultural Biologicals market segmentation includes microbials, biochemicals, and others. The microbial segment dominated the market in 2022 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. The microbial segment is expected to show dominance owing to farmers' increasing adoption of microbial to solve various major agricultural issues, such as plant protection, soil health maintenance, and crop productivity. The rise and demand for microbial manufacturing agricultural biologicals will be further boosted during the forecast period. Research on various bacteria that could be essential in crop protection will propel market growth.

Agricultural Biologicals Mode of Application Insights

The Agricultural Biologicals market data has been bifurcated by mode of application into foliar sprays, soil treatment, seed treatment, and others. The foliar spray applications segment dominated the market in 2022 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. The most popular method for applying agricultural biologicals is foliar spraying, which is straightforward and offers more agronomic advantages than other methods. Furthermore, the foliar spray market is anticipated to expand as larger and smaller organic and conventional farmers use foliar spray.

March 2021: One of the well-known agricultural businesses, Valagro, has introduced its biostimulant, Talete, in five nations: Australia, China, Colombia, France, and Greece. Under challenging circumstances, the product aids in sustainable water management, which will propel the growth of the Agricultural Biologicals industry.

March 2021: Vynyty Citrus, the newest biological and pheromone-based crop protection product for managing insect outbreaks in citrus fields, was recently introduced by Bayer AG.

Due to the shrinking amount of agricultural land available for crop cultivation, the market for soil treatment is also experiencing significant expansion. Also, the demand for natural and nutritious food products is sparked by the growing population. Healthy soil is one of the most significant factors determining proper nutrition, increasing the demand for soil remediation.

Agricultural Biologicals End User Insights

The Agricultural Biologicals industry has been segmented based on crop types into cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, fruits & vegetables, and others. Oilseeds and pulses will dominate the market due to changes in consumer taste for less processed and organic goods. Consumer concerns about pesticide residue are frequently significantly deeper in these crops. Therefore, food marketers and grocery store chains are under increased pressure to compete based on managing pesticide residues. Also, farmers are looking for products like biologicals that may be used without adding to the issues with pesticide residue.

Agricultural Biologicals Regional Insights

By Region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. In North America, the Agricultural Biologicals market accounted for USD 3.7 billion in 2022 and is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR growth during the study period. Factors such as stringent usage restrictions on numerous synthetic crop protection chemicals, which pose a severe risk to both human health and the environment, the need for biological crop production and crop protection solutions is fast increasing in the region.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are: The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.

Figure 2:  AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGICALS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (%)AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGICALS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (%)Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe Agricultural Biologicals market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the number of stringencies in the usage of synthetic chemical fertilizers throughout the region and increased investment by the government and major market participants in the research and development of biologicals. Further, the Germany Agricultural Biologicals market held the largest market share, and the UK Agricultural Biologicals market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.

The Asia-Pacific Agricultural Biologicals Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2022 to 2030. This is due to the rising utilization of biostimulants and fertilizers due to the significant growth of the organic market, particularly in nations like Chiba, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia Countries. Moreover, China Agricultural Biologicals market held the largest market share, and the India Agricultural Biologicals market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

For instance, the India Agricultural Biologicals market is expected to multiply during the forecast period because the region is a consumer of agricultural biologicals for crop productivity and protection. This is due to extensive farming practices and the rising demand for organic agricultural goods. Additionally, government bodies recognize that agriculture accounts for a significant portion of the economy and have increased their efforts to promote sustainable farming. As a result, they are encouraging the effective use of biofertilizers and biopesticides by introducing new programs, tax incentives & exemptions, and subsidy offerings.

Agricultural Biologicals Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The Major market players are increasing their spending on their R&D initiatives to increase their footprint in the market. Market participants also want to expand their presence by updating their market developments, such as new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Additionally, studies indicate that the market leaders in the Agricultural Biologicals industry are expected to offer their products at a moderate price to garner a larger consumer base further.

One of the primary strategies the Agricultural Biological Industry market leaders are undertaking is expanding their clients by manufacturing locally to reduce operating costs. During the forecast period, the Agricultural Biologicals industry has provided various products reaping significant benefits. The Agricultural Biologicals market major player such as Valent Biosciences (US), Bayer AG (Germany), Syngenta AG (Switzerland), BASF SE (Germany), Arysta LifeScience (Japan), Koppert B.V. (Netherlands), DowDuPont (US), and others are working on expanding the market demand by investing in research and development activities.

One of the biggest pharmaceutical firms in the world is Bayer AG, a German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. In addition to pharmaceuticals, Bayer sells consumer healthcare items, agricultural chemicals, seeds, and biotechnology products. Bayer is based in Leverkusen. The company was founded to make dyestuffs, as was typical in this age. Due to the adaptability of aniline chemistry, Bayer decided to diversify their company, and in 1899 they introduced the substance acetylsalicylic acid under the trade name Aspirin.

The most prominent chemical producer in the world is a multinational chemical business based in Europe called BASF SE. In the German city of Ludwigshafen, it has its headquarters. The BASF Group has subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 nations. It runs 390 additional production sites throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Africa, in addition to six integrated production facilities. More than 190 nations have placed orders with BASF, serving various sectors. Despite its size and widespread presence, BASF hasn't drawn much attention from the public since it stopped producing and marketing consumer electronics under the BASF brand in the 1990s.

Key Companies in the Agricultural Biologicals market include

  • Valent Biosciences (US)

  • Bayer AG (Germany)

  • Syngenta AG (Switzerland)

  • BASF SE (Germany)

  • Arysta LifeScience (Japan)

  • Koppert B.V. (Netherlands)

  • DowDuPont (US)

  • Marrone Bio Innovations (US)

  • Novozymes (Denmark)

  • Certis USA LLC (US)

  • Valagro (Italy)

  • Isagro (Italy)

  • Biolchim (Italy)

  • Agrinos (US)

  • Agrilife (India), among others

Agricultural Biologicals Industry Developments

May 2020: To create BANZAI, the first chemical biostimulant foliar spray made explicitly for cocoa, UPL worked with Croda International Plc. With BANZAI, there are no worries about product residues in the preparation of cocoa paste and chocolate because it actively encourages the formation and retention of pods, is non-toxic, and is suitable for the environment.

February 2020: Bayer AG announced they collaborated with Meigonix (France) to focus on agricultural research and development using plant breeding and genome editing technologies.

Agricultural Biologicals Market Segmentation

Agricultural Biologicals Type Outlook

  • Biopesticides

  • Bio-Stimulants

  • Biofertilizers

Agricultural Biologicals Source Outlook

  • Microbials

  • Biochemicals

  • Others

Agricultural Biologicals Mode of Application Outlook

  • Foliar Sprays

  • Soil Treatment

  • Seed Treatment

  • Others

Agricultural Biologicals Crop Type Outlook

  • Cereals & Grains

  • Oilseeds & Pulses

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Others

Agricultural Biologicals Regional Outlook

  • North America

  • US

  • Canada

  • Europe

  • Germany

  • France

  • UK

  • Italy

  • Spain

  • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

  • China

  • Japan

  • India

  • Australia

  • South Korea

  • Australia

  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

  • Middle East

  • Africa

  • Latin America

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