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Phosphate Rocks Market Trends

ID: MRFR//6568-HCR | 140 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| June 2024

Global Phosphate Rocks Market Overview


The  Phosphate Rocks Market Size was valued at USD 19.09 Billion in 2023. The Phosphate Rocks market industry is projected to grow from USD 19.70 Billion in 2024 to USD 24.56 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.79% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Increased food and feed production and rising demand for high-quality meat are the significant market drivers augmenting the growth of the market.                      Phosphate Rocks Market


Source: Primary Research, Secondary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Phosphate Rocks Market Trends




  • The growing occurrence of plant and crop diseases drives market growth.




The phosphate rocks market is growing due to the rising number of plant and crop diseases. Crop and plant damage from diseases, which can be brought on by a variety of plant pathogenic organisms, is an important source. Around the world, fungi are the main cause of crop loss. Since diseases can have a significant financial influence on quality and output, disease control is a crucial part of crop production for most crops. Planting and growing a crop with fungicides control disease, boosts yields, and minimize defects. Food crops with diseases often produce less because the disease affects the leaves, essential for photosynthesis. According to research, one in every eight crop plants fails to produce because of a fungus, making crop security measures necessary.


The increased demand for food and feed production to fulfill the rising needs of livestock and humans is anticipated to be the main factor driving the demand for phosphate rocks. There is a growing need for food as the world population grows, especially in developing nations. For plants to develop and produce healthy crops, phosphate rocks are an essential part of agricultural production. Their use for animal feed is also a result of rising demand for meat and dairy products. For example, The Economic Survey of India 2020-21 report revealed that nearly 296.65 million tons of the nation's total food grain production were recorded in FY20, up 11.44 million tons from 285.21 million tons in FY19. This information was provided by the India Brand Equity Foundation, an organization established by the Indian government to promote exports. As a result, the demand for phosphate rock is anticipated to grow as food and feed production rises.


Due to the expanding world population, there is a high demand for phosphate rock. Currently, population growth on a  scale is 1.05% annually. It is estimated that 81 million people will be added to the population annually on average. From 3 billion people in 1959 to 6 billion in 1999, the population has doubled. In the next 40 years, the population is expected to grow another 50%, reaching 9 billion by 2037. This pattern points to an increase in the demand for food products on a  scale. By 2050, there will likely be a 59.0% to 98.0% increase in food demand. Increased productivity in existing agricultural areas through the use of phosphate-based fertilizers and fungicides is one option to meet this requirement.


Phosphate Rocks Market Segment Insights


Phosphate Rocks Source Insights


The  Phosphate Rocks market segmentation, based on source, includes Marine Phosphate Deposits, Igneous Phosphate Deposits, Metamorphic Deposits, Biogenic Deposits, and Weathered Deposits. The marine phosphate deposits segment is expected to lead the phosphate rocks market during the forecast period. High quantities of phosphate minerals can be found on the seafloor in marine phosphate deposits, a type of mineral resource. These deposits can be mined and processed to provide a variety of goods, such as industrial chemicals, animal feed, and fertilizers. Phosphoric acid and other phosphorus-based compounds can be made from marine phosphate deposits, among other industrial chemicals. A number of sectors, including those that produce food and beverages, treat water, and make detergents and other cleaning supplies, utilize these compounds.


The igneous phosphate deposits segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment of the Phosphate Rocks market during the forecast period. High quantities of phosphate minerals can be found in igneous phosphate deposits, a particular class of mineral resource. These deposits are created when lava or magma with a high phosphorus content solidifies. The construction sector can obtain aggregate materials from igneous phosphate deposits. Concrete and other building materials are produced using these resources.


Figure 1: Phosphate Rocks Market, by Source, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)                                Phosphate Rocks Market, by Source, 2022 & 2032


Source: Primary Research, Secondary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Phosphate Rocks Application Insights


The  Phosphate Rocks market segmentation, based on application, includes Fertilizers, Animal Feed Supplements, Chemicals, Food Preservatives, Water Treatment, Fungicides, Cosmetics, Detergents, and Others. The fertilizers category is expected to hold the major share of the Phosphate Rocks market over the forecast period. The production of fertilizers, especially in the agricultural sector, requires phosphate rocks as a key component. Phosphate rocks are primarily used as a raw material for creating several varieties of phosphate fertilizers in the fertilizer industry. A variety of phosphate fertilizers, such as mono ammonium phosphate (MAP), diammonium phosphate (DAP), triple superphosphate (TSP), and others, are produced using phosphate rocks as the primary raw material. For plant growth and agricultural production, these fertilizers supply vital elements like phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium.


The food preservatives segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment of the Phosphate Rocks market during the forecast period. Phosphate additions have the ability to function as emulsifiers, assisting in the blending of substances that could otherwise separate. Foods that have undergone processing, such as cheese and sausage, can now have a better texture and look. Food products' taste and appearance can be enhanced by using phosphate additions to assist in controlling the pH of the product. For instance, adding phosphate to baked goods can enhance the product's texture and moisture.


Phosphate Rocks Regional Insights


By region, the analysis offers market insights into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World. The North American Phosphate Rocks market is anticipated to lead the market throughout the forecast period. This is a result of the rise in phosphate-based fertilizer demand. As per the Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. consumed 40 million tons of phosphate fertilizer in 2012 and 42.5 million tons in 2016.


Further, the key countries considered in the market report are The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Brazil, and Australia.


Figure 2: PHOSPHATE ROCKS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (USD Billion)                                PHOSPHATE ROCKS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022


Source: Primary Research, Secondary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Europe Phosphate Rocks market accounts for the second-highest market share. Europe has recently focused more on sustainable agricultural methods, increasing demand for organic and environmentally friendly fertilizers. Phosphate rocks play a significant role in sustainable agricultural practices since they can be converted into organic fertilizers. Further, the German Phosphate Rocks market held the largest market share, and the UK Phosphate Rocks market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.


The Asia Pacific Phosphate Rocks Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. Particularly in the manufacturing sector, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing strong industrial growth. Numerous industrial processes use phosphate rocks, including the manufacturing of detergents, the purification of metals, and the purification of water. As a result, there is now more demand for phosphate rocks in the region. Moreover, China’s Phosphate Rocks market held the largest market share, and the Indian Phosphate Rocks market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia Pacific region.


Phosphate Rocks Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Due to significant R&D efforts by leading industry players to broaden their product lines, the Phosphate Rocks market is growing. Significant market changes include introducing novel products, agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Important industry players are also carefully preparing several activities to increase their footprint abroad. The phosphate rocks industry must offer products at fair prices to expand and thrive in an increasingly challenging and competitive market environment.


One of the main strategies used by manufacturers to serve clients and expand the market sector in the  Phosphate Rocks market is local production to reduce operating costs. The phosphate rocks industry has recently generated enormous profits for the fertilizer sector. Major corporations in the Phosphate Rocks market, including Itafos (Canada), Nutrien Ltd (Canada), Phosphate Resources Limited (Australia), The Mosaic Company (US), and others, are trying to surge market demand by spending on research and development processes.


The Mosaic firm, a Fortune 500 firm with headquarters in Tampa, Florida, mines urea, phosphate, and potash for fertilizer and distributes it through a variety of  distribution networks, including Mosaic Fertilizantes. It is the biggest producer of fertilizer phosphate and potash in the United States. The Mosaic is a leading fertilizer business in India that offers superior agricultural solutions. The Mosaic assumes responsibility for making sure that their scientifically sound products get to the farmers, furthering their goal of enabling the world to grow the food it requires daily. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sinochem Fertilizer Company Limited and The Mosaic Company for the provision of phosphate rock and fertilizers was announced in January 2019 by The Mosaic Company.


OCP Group, headquartered in Morocco, is a  pioneer in applied science and education and one of the leading custodians and suppliers of phosphate-based fertilizers and related products for soil health. The goal of the business is to offer specialized plant nutrition solutions for the production of healthy foods. The company, which is African-owned, is dedicated to promoting south-to-south collaboration, driving African development, and creating resilient and sustainable agricultural and food systems worldwide. Farmers are at the center of what the company does. The Moroccan phosphate rock company OCP Group joined the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) in November 2021 in order to improve and promote sustainable phosphorus management.


Key Companies in the Phosphate Rocks market include



  • Itafos (Canada)

  • Nutrien Ltd (Canada)

  • Phosphate Resources Limited (Australia)

  • The Mosaic Company (US)

  • Anglo-American (UK)

  • GCT (Saudi Arabia)

  • Jordan Phosphate Mines Co (Jordan)

  • OCP (South Africa)

  • PhosAgro (Russia)

  • Maaden - Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Saudi Arabia)


Phosphate Rocks Industry Developments


November 2021: OCP Group, a Moroccan phosphate rock company, joined the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) to promote and enhance sustainable phosphorus management.


September 2021: Yara Suomi Oy, a crop nutrition solutions and precision farming firm based in Norway, bought Ecolan Oy for an undisclosed sum. With this acquisition, Yara improves its position in the organic fertilizer category and expands its role in organic farming, and contributes to the circular economy.


Phosphate Rocks Market Segmentation


Phosphate Rocks Source Outlook



  • Marine Phosphate Deposits

  • Igneous Phosphate Deposits

  • Metamorphic Deposits

  • Biogenic Deposits

  • Weathered Deposits


Phosphate Rocks Application Outlook



  • Fertilizers

  • Animal Feed Supplements

  • Chemicals

  • Food Preservatives

  • Water Treatment

  • Fungicides

  • Cosmetics

  • Detergents

  • Others


Phosphate Rocks 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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