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Grain Protectants Market Size

ID: MRFR//5674-HCR | 140 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| April 2024

The agricultural Grain Protectants market finds itself at the heart of a very dynamic sphere of agriculture, where grain conservation while in storage is a fundamental part of sustenance and supply management. Various types of grain protectants which are chemical formulations used to prevent attack on stored grains by pests and insects influence the flow of this product distribution. A key factor that contributes to the rating is the urgent world call to decrease post-harvest losses on a global scale. In the context of an ever-expanding global population that always strives for food security, conserving harvested grains during storage becomes key among all. Crop defenders are an amalgamation of both the techniques of minimizing the lost due to the attacks from pests & insects and influencing the food security and market.
In addition to the increasing awareness of food safety and quality standards, this is among the vital market-driving disparities. Consumers and regulatory bodies are largely dictating and changing the trend, they are putting more emphasis on the quality and safety of food products. Grain protectants are a clearly essential tool in the maintenance of high product quality due to preventing contamination from insects and pests, which then aligns with highly defined food safety requirements. The soaring concern for the best quality of grains is the driver of market demand, after that, efficient grain protectant becomes one of the most important factors in the storage process.

In the context of grain trade, the international markets are equally dynamic putting pressure on the exporting countries to meet the phytosanitary standards of the importing countries. Foreign markets that require the imports to come without pests and contamination are indispensable for international trade, since most of the importing countries are extremely rigorous in making sure the transfer of pests is prevented. Prophylactic products for grains are holding a key position for grain export participants in order to attain phytosanitary necessities which in turn stabilizing markets by pulverization of impediments in trade and grain circulation at the international level.

Nevertheless, matters like the environmental hazards of chemical grain preservatives and the increase of organic alternatives in the production have its own effects on the market. Grain protection using natural substance, modified atmospheres, or non-chemical approaches has been recently paying much attention in view of factors including the environment and agriculture sustainability. The shift towards bio-based grain protectants creates difficulties for suppliers of traditional chemical grain protectants, which in turn gives a breathing space to the manufacturers who are trying to get an edge in the industry by meeting consumers’ demand for environmentally-friendly products.

In addition to the spillovers and dynamic of markets the studying and developing processes of grain protection add up to the market dynamics. New advances in the formulations of granular products, the various application ways and the use of hybrid approaches make the arsenal of grain protectants rich and continuously improve.

Grain Protectants Market Scenario

Grain Protectants Market is expected to garner revenue of USD 1.2 Billion by 2030 at a CAGR of approximately 5.31%during the forecast period of 2023–2030.

The notable market growth can be attributed to the need for storing grains to overcome the impact of fluctuating market prices of grains. Farmers, traders, and stockists store their grains in warehouses until desirable market prices are received and demand for grains exceeds the supply. Another challenge faced during the storage of grains is the post-harvest loss caused during the storage due to pest infestation. To overcome such a challenge, grain protectants are widely being used to protect the grains from pest loss during storage, which, in turn, is driving the market growth of grain protectants. However, frequent usage of chemical grain protectants has led to increasing insecticide resistance in insects, thus hampering the sales of chemical insecticides and growth of market. 

The major challenge being faced by the market players is the availability of chemical residues used to protect the grains. The market is expected to emerge lucrative for the vendors active in the market due to the launch of innovative products that overcome the limitations of banned grain protection chemicals. 


Grain Protectants industry has been segmented based on Type, Target Pest, Grain Type, and Region. By type, the global market has been classified as chemical, biological, and physical. The chemical segment is further segregated into insecticides, rodenticides, and others  The global market has also been segregated, on the basis of the target pest, into rodents, insects, and others. The insect segment has been further segmented into beetles, grain borers, weevils, and others. Based on grain type, the market is segregated into, rice, wheat, corn, and others  The global market has been studied with regard to four key regions—North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world. The North America market has further been segmented into the US, Canada, and Mexico. The Europe grain protectants market has been classified as the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the rest of Europe. The market in Asia-Pacific has been divided into China, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and the rest of Asia-Pacific. The market in the rest of the world has been segmented into South America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Key Players

Nufarm (Australia), Bayer (Germany), Corteva (US), Degesch America (US), BASF SE (Germany), Syngenta (Switzerland), FMC Corporation (US), Hedley Technologies (Canada), Arysta LifeScience Corporation (US), Central Life Sciences (US), Sumitomo Chemical (Japan), and UPL (India) are some of the key players in the global grain protectants industry.

Regional Market Summary

North America is expected to dominate the global market throughout the review period owing to the presence of numerous grain warehouses and grain processing plants. Additionally, the need to meet the standards while storing grains in warehouses is also boosting the sales of grain protectants in the region. However, the market in Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to the huge production of grains in the region and increasing the loss of grains during storage. 

Grain Protectants Market: Focus on Innovation to Combat Challenges

The grain protectants market is witnessing steady growth, driven by the need to minimize losses during storage and transportation. Recent developments in the market highlight a focus on innovation to address emerging challenges:Rise of Organic Options: Growing consumer preference for organic food is leading to a surge in demand for organic grain protectants. Manufacturers are developing bio-based and botanical alternatives to synthetic pesticides.Combating Evolving Pests: Pests are developing resistance to traditional chemicals. Research and development efforts are underway to create new and more effective grain protectants with novel modes of action.Integration with Smart Storage Solutions: The rise of smart storage facilities with digital monitoring and control systems is creating opportunities for integrating grain protectants with these technologies for optimized protection

Examples of Recent Developments:

Although specific announcements might be behind paywalls, industry reports suggest ongoing research into bio-based and botanical grain protectants.Companies like Bayer are continuously working on developing new and improved grain protectant formulations.

By Type

  • Chemical

    • Insecticides

    • Rodenticides

    • Others

  • Biological

  • Physical

By Target Pest

  • Rodents

  • Insects

    • Beetles

    • Grain Borers

    • Weevils

    • Others

  • Others

By Grain Type

  • Rice

  • Wheat

  • Corn

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • UK

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • Japan

    • China

    • India

    • Australia and New Zealand

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World (RoW)

    • South America

    • Middle East

    • Africa

Intended Audience

  • Grain protectants manufacturers

  • Agricultural associations

  • Raw material suppliers

  • Food safety agencies

  • Retailers and wholesalers

  • Traders, importers, and exporters

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