The Europe seed market is expected to reach a CAGR of 9.6% for the forecast period(2020-2025). Seed is one of the most basic and important agricultural inputs and it forms the third largest inputs market after agrochemicals and farm machinery, globally. Traditionally, the seed industry was the major contributor for the sustainable food production. However, nowadays with the advancement of technology, the industry is also contributing towards animal feed, bioenergy and biomaterials production. In Europe, GM crop cultivation is limited as compared to the rest of the world, due to which, the seed market structure has remained conventional. This industry is also unique, as compared to North America and Asia-Pacific, in terms of industry concentration.
Key Market Trends
Growing Demand For Grains, Oil And Vegetables
As a result of population expansion and steady land degradation rate, the per capita land is expected to decrease, in the future. The decreasing per capita availability of arable land is major concern for the global agricultural production. In order to meet the food consumptin of the growing population with the decreasing arable land, use of HYV's is the only way out. Thus, it is considered to be a driver for the seed industry.
The increasing contract farming practices converges a large set of farmers to one point, for seed selection. This maintains a uniformity in the produce, thus helping the seller to obtain sustainable demand and augmenting the bulk sale of seeds.
Rising Demand for Bio fuels
Government bodies promoting the use of biofuels to curb growing climate change concerns. Additionally, there will be investments in projects that aid in the production of sustainable biofuel feedstock, which, in turn, will fuel the growth of the seeds market in Europe. Increasing environmental issues necessitate the use of biodiesel to reduce carbon footprint and control environmental pollution will help in the evolution of the market.
The European seeds market is consolidated with few companies dominating the market. Major players dominating the market includes Bayer AG Company, Syngenta, Limagrain (Vilmorin), KWS (Germany) and DLF-Trifolium (Denmark). The companies in this market follow different strategies to gain the market share. Some of the strategies adopted are mergers and acquisitions to increase their market shares. Investment in the research and development of new traits that include crop protection products, biologicals, and various seed treatment methodologies.
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