African Crop Protection Chemicals Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period (2020-2025). Growing population, decrease in arable land and rise in food security are some of the factors driving the market growth for pesticides in the region. Increase in R&D costs, low awareness about the benefits of using pesticides aong farming community are some of the factors restraining the market growth.
Key Market Trends
Rise in Adoption of Biopesticides
The growing health consiousness among African consumers is driving the demand for organic foods in order to avoid adverse health effects caused by chemical substances present in inorganic foods. In response to the growing need of organic and safe food, the growers are following safe farming practices which have minimal environmental impacts and looking for biologically extracted plant growth promoters in place of synthetic products. Notably, the current statistics on organic acreage in the Middle East and Africa region, was recorded at 1.79 million hectares in 2016, which has significantly risen to 1.98 million hectares in 2018. Thus, the notable increase in the organic acreages in the region, clearly indicates the increasing importance of organic farming practices, such as usage of biopesticides in the region. The rise in the pest incidences has made biopesticides to serve as a viable alternative to chemical pesticides in sustainable pest management programs. Baculoviruses such as nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) and granulovirus (GV) have been exploited as successful biological pesticides in the region.
Herbicides are Dominating the Market
There is an increasing in use of herbicides as there is shortage of workers for hand weeding crop fields as thousands of africans moving to urban from rural areas. Hence adoption of Herbicides has become a viable option as Labour use for weed control is reduced by 54% to 96% when growers switch from hoe weeding to chemical pesticides. The applications of Herbicides in major crops can reduce the yield loss, thereby increasing the crop productivity. For instance, Cassava one of the major staple crop grown in the region, Storage root yield reductions caused by uncontrolled weed interference in cassava ranges between 40% and total loss. Various research activities have proved that Herbicides application of weed control is the effective method of controlling yields in Cassava , therby producing high yields. WIth rise in awareness among the African farming community about the benefits of using crop portection chemicals such as herbicides will the creaate the demand for these products, thereby driving its market growth.
The Africa crop protection market is fragmented with the presence of many international and local players. Adama Agricultural Solutions, Sumitomo Chemicals, UPL Limited and Bayer AgroScience AG are some of the major players who are operating in this market. These players are adopting product innovation as their major adopted strategy to strengthen their position in the market.
Reasons to Purchase this report:
- The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format
- 3 months of analyst support