Japan Crop Protection Chemicals Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period (2020-2025).
- Crops, like rice, soybean, wheat, barley, fruits, and vegetables, are largely grown in Japan, which has the major usage of crop protection chemicals in the region. In spite of small population and land area, Japan was a significant market for pesticide, occupying a prominent share in the Asia-Pacific region. The country has the highest pesticide usage per hectare than any other country in the world at approx. 12 kg /hectare.
- Bayer CropScience AG, Syngenta CropProtection AG, Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd are some of the major players who are operating in this market.
Key Market Trends
Rise in Adoption of Biopesticides
Biopesticides have a low environmental impact and is gaining attention, especially in Japan. The market size for biopesticides is growing at a significant rate mainly due to the relatively low cost of obtaining registration permits in the country. Over the last few years, there is an increase in the number of research activities promoting the growth of biopesticides in the region. For instance, Ladybugs are considered to be used as biopesticides as natural pest-control for gardens and crops. It helped in reducing over 90% of pest damage to mustard spinach. With an increase in the number of approved biopesticides for commercial production, the demand for biopesticides is projected to grow during the forecast period.
Insecticides Holds a Prominent Share
Insecticides accounted for around 33% of the total pesticide use in Japan, in 2016. The country is promoting the use of eco-friendly methods in crop cultivation since 2012. The number of eco farmers has been steadily increasing in the country. To meet the increasing demand, companies are heavily involved in the R&D of new and advanced insecticide products. For instance, in April 2017, Syngenta, launched Minecto Duo, an insecticide for vegetable crops in Japan. Also, in 2018, BASF co-developed a new insecticide, Inscalis. with a Japanese company, Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd, to protect crops from critical piercing and sucking insect pests. With efforts aimed at reducing unnecessary utilization of chemical insecticides and comparatively higher use of bio-insecticides, the Japanese insecticide market is expected to witness healthy growth during the forecast period, primarily due to increased demand for biological insecticides.
Bayer CropScience AG, Syngenta CropProtection AG, Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd are some of the major players who are operating in this market. These players are involved in technological innovations and are coming up with new active ingredients used in crop protection chemical products. Additionally, major players are expanding their direct sales channels to strengthen their position in the country.
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