China's seed treatment market is estimated to register a CAGR a 9% for the forecast period (2020-2025). In China, growth in the seed treatment industry is largely fuelled by the need for increasing farm productivity and rising concerns over its quality and safety due to the harmful effects of chemicals on the environment. Rise in seed costs, crop rotations getting shorter and greater use of multi-component products to show positive growth for the seed treatment market. The farmers adopting organic techniques and the fastest growth rate for biological agents that have a lower environmental impact are driving the market.
China's seed industry is highly fragmented and mostly dependent on public institutions for research and development. Inconsistent seed quality and minimal farmer servicing by seed companies have limited yield growth. Rising food demand and limited arable land in China have made this a pressing issue.
Key Market Trends
Rising Cost of High Quality Seeds
The high costs associated with hybrids and genetically modified seeds are a major factor that is driving the growth of the seed treatment market in China. With higher regulatory issues relating to fumigation and foliar application of pesticides, seed treatment is being increasingly considered by farmers as a mode to protect high investments made on good quality seeds. Owing to the increasing demand for high-quality seeds with desirable agronomic traits, the cost of seeds is increasing. Seed treatment provides better crop establishment, in terms of healthy germination and protection against seed-borne and soil-borne diseases at a relatively low cost than other crop protection measures.
Innovative combination of products
With the growth in R&D associated with seed treatments, there have been various positive product evolutions that can enter the market in the next five years. Manufacturers of seed treatment products have come up with innovative combinations of these products, which could be extremely beneficial for crop yields, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Combinations of chemical-biological components can be marketed and distributed to farmers which can be customized depending on the crop grown and the soil conditions. Leading manufacturers such as Bayer and Syngenta have been developing biological seed treatment products based on crop growing conditions at the regional level.
The seed treatment market is highly consolidated. Several big players, like UPL limited, Bayer CropScience, Incotec China, AG, BASF SE, Adama, and few others, occupy a major portion of the market studied, having a diverse and increasing product portfolio.
Companies are focusing majorly on new product launches, mergers, and acquisitions, which help in increasing their market shares. The development of bio-based seed treatment products has massive potential for expansion during the forecast period, with advantages, like environmental sustainability and more flexibility in regulations for the development and launch of new products.
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