The Thailand crop protection chemicals market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period (2021-2026).
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the crop protection chemicals market in Thailand has been minimal, mainly due to reduced transportation barriers. The impact of lockdowns or disruptions has been exempted by the government for all types of agricultural activities, hence there has been no such effect of corona outbreak. Indeed, the agrochemical companies have made double-digit profits as compared to last year, due to panic buying behavior from farmers.
The rapid increase of pesticide use in Thailand may be accounted for an increase in cash crops. Most pesticide-intensive crops, vegetables, and fruits, in Thailand, are the highest cash value-added crops. As farmers have gradually switched from low value-added to high value-added crop production, the overall consumption rate of pesticides has naturally increased. Knoell Thailand provides registration services for pesticides in Thailand. The Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) and the Office of Agriculture Regulations (OAR) have shown that the usage of pesticides has increased significantly in recent years. The utilization of pesticides by Thai farmers has increased from 21,800.0 tonnes in 2014 to 35,287.0 tonnes in 2018. The favorable tax policy of the Thai government towards the growing market of agrochemical import, promotion of sustainable and integrated pest management techniques, and increased intensity of land use are the major drivers for the market.
Key Market Trends
Increase in Cash Crops with Higher Application Rate
The most pesticide-intensive crops in Thailand, viz., vegetables and fruits, are also the highest cash value-added crops. Thailand is the world's largest producer and exporter of natural rubber, accounting for roughly one-third of the world's production. As farmers have gradually switched from low value-added to high value-added crop production, the overall consumption of pesticides has naturally increased. In order to raise yield, farmers have intensified pesticide use in the production of all crops. This is reflected in the increasing share of pesticide costs in total production costs. More cash crops, reduction in the prices of pesticides, awareness about increasing crop yield by mitigating risks posed by pests and diseases, and the promotion of pesticide use by the government, all some of the factors that relate to this rapid rise in pesticide application in Thailand.
Fruits and Vegetables Segment Dominates the Market
For the herbicide market, plantation crops and the rice sector are of great importance in Thailand. Similarly, for the insecticide market, the most important crops are rice and other horticulture products, while for the fungicide market, the horticultural sector is the most important. A research study was undertaken by Biodiversity Sustainable Agriculture Food Sovereignty Action Thailand (Biothai) found that the highest levels of pesticide residues were present in the case of fruits and vegetables. Also, around 62.0% of such fruits and vegetables included more than one pesticide as residue. However, the pesticide use intensity of Thailand is still lower than that of Vietnam, though it is higher than that of Laos and Cambodia. The application of pesticides in the case of fruits and vegetables has been the highest over the past several years and this trend is likely to continue in the future.
Thailand crop protection chemicals market is consolidated with few major players. Top companies supplying biopesticides in Thailand are ADAMA, DowDuPont, BASF, and Syngenta. The top three major global pesticide players present in Thailand are DowDuPont, BASF, and Bayer Thai Co., Ltd. The Thailand pesticide market is also dominated by local traders. Companies in Thailand Crop Protection Chemicals market are mainly focusing on developing new & qualitative products and developing new technologies to improve product quality. New product launches, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions are the main strategies followed by the major players in the market.
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