The Latin America biopesticide market is projected to register a CAGR of 12.2% during the forecast period 2020-2025. In Latin America, the pesticide market, both synthetic as well as biopesticides are witnessing a steady growth and the key market drivers for the industry in the region are the adoption of herbicides tolerant crops, increasing area of crop production, and increasing yields of agricultural produce. However, strict regulations posed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and European Union on pesticidal residue limit on food crops will limit the use of synthetic pesticides on crops and will increase the demand for biopesticides in the region. While the prevalence of chemical or synthetic pesticides in Latin America would continue, human, animal, and environmental health concerns would play key roles in driving growth for Biopesticides. Emerging economies of Latin America are likely taking the lead in the adoption of both pesticides and Biopesticides. Principal factors driving the same include greater adoption of biopesticides in place of traditional chemical-based pesticides as a consequence of increasing efficacy and enhanced consumer confidence in their performance output.
Key Market Trends
Adoption of Organic Farming
The growing movement for sustainable agriculture has emerged in the region over the past few years, promoting practices that contribute to reducing social and environmental concerns over agricultural practices. The increasing support and acceptance within mainstream agriculture of sustainable agricultural techniques have led to safer field applications of products like biopesticides. Sustainable farming drives farmers toward minimizing the use of chemical pesticides, thereby saving costs, productivity, and the environment. The use of biopesticides in sustainable agriculture not only addresses several environmental and social concerns, but also offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, and consumers. These are some of the major drivers for the market growth of the biopesticide industry in the region.
Increasing Demand for Organically Grown Products
In response to the growing need to meet food sufficiency and the importance of safe farming practices, the organic food industry is growing exponentially at a double-digit growth rate. The growing health-conscious consumer base in the region is opting for organic food in place of conventional food, in order to avoid adverse health effects caused by chemical preservatives or genetically modified ingredients present in inorganic food. In response to consumers’ demands for healthy food products with minimal environmental impacts, growers are looking for more efficient ways to use synthetic chemicals and mineral fertilizers. Organic food and related agriculture account for a major share of the total food market, varying from country to country. Since organic food products are produced using biological kinds of pesticides or fertilizers, there is a growing use of biopesticide for its production. Consequently, the increasing popularity of organic farming drives the demand for biopesticides.
In the Latin America biopesticide market, companies are not only competing based on product quality and promotion but are also focused on strategic moves, to hold larger market shares. New product launches, partnerships, and acquisitions are the major strategies adopted by the leading companies in the biopesticide market. In the market studied, companies not only compete on new product launches but also focus on strategic moves, to acquire larger market shares. The results of the market share analysis indicate a highly fragmented market. The major players include - Valent Biosciences Corporation, Koppert BV, Certis USA LLC, Bayer Cropscience AG, and Syngenta. The major acquisitions taking place between companies to develop biopesticides indicate that the focus on bio-based products is increasing rapidly. The players in the market are investing heavily in this market, to diversify their biological research divisions in the expanding market place.
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