The Agricultural Biologicals Market was valued at USD 8.4 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 18.3 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 11.8% during the forecast period.
Agricultural biologicals are crop production and protection enhancement products that are derived or extracted from natural and organic components like microorganisms, animal and plant extracts and insects, as a replacement for chemicals in agricultural farming. These products increase and maintain good health in crops by protecting them against pests and weeds, as well as help in residue management, restoring the microbial and mineral balance, and increasing the water holding capacity and carbon levels of the soil. Biological agriculture can also be precisely defined as a more ecologically and economically sustainable production system that focuses on crop rotation cycles and the use of crop residues and animal and plant manure.
The agricultural biologicals market is expected to accelerate at a significant pace in the forecast period. The market is majorly experiencing traction owing to the significant increase in the demand for agro-based products and a simultaneous scarcity of arable land as a result of the booming population expansion. According to data released by World Bank in 2018, there is only 10.82% of arable land available across the globe. This has become a key factor in driving sales of agricultural biologicals. Moreover, increasing awareness about the harmful impacts of using chemical-based fertilizers is further driving the demand for organic food products. This growing demand along with rising concerns about environmental safety, soil quality degradation, among others have become significant driving factors for the market growth.
Several non-profit organizations (NGOs), as well as governing agencies, are trying to establish diversity in modern farming practices through the usage of agricultural biologicals. For instance, under the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP), financial assistance in the form of 50% subsidies are provided for the purchase of different components including bio-fertilizers, supply of Rhizobium culture, Azatobacter, Zinc Solubilising Bacteria (ZSB), Phosphate Solubilising Bacteria (PSB), etc. These initiatives are positively impacting the agricultural biologicals market demand.
Furthermore, the versatile implications of agriculture biologicals in both conventional and organic crop production systems, together with the increasing inflow of investments by the major stakeholders into research and development (R&D) projects, are expected to further drive the agricultural biologicals market.
By Product Type
By Mode of Application
By Crop Type
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Based on product type, the biopesticides product segment dominated the agricultural biologicals market in 2020 and is expected to remain constant during the forecast period due to the rising demand for microbial pesticides across the globe
Based on product type, the market is segmented into biopesticides, bio stimulants, biofertilizers, and others. Among these, the biopesticides product segment dominated the agricultural biologicals market in 2020 and is expected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period. This high growth is due to the rising consumption of biopesticides in foliage, turfs, and soil, especially across European and North American countries. The growth of the segment is also majorly due to the rising demand for microbial pesticides across the globe. Ease of production, improved availability of strains, and rising adoption of microbial pesticides among farmers are some key factors contributing to the high demand for microbial in the agricultural biologicals industry. Moreover, microbial usage does not require the farmers possess specific technical knowledge and high-end distribution logistics like macrobials. All these aforementioned factors are resulting in a higher acceptance of microbial solutions which is, in turn, boosting the agricultural biologicals industry demand.
Based on crop type, the cereals & grains segment has held the largest share in the agricultural biologicals market due to increasing demand for cereals & grains such as rice, barley, wheat, corn, and millet across the globe
Based on crop type, the market is fragmented as cereals & grains, fruits & vegetables, oilseeds & pulses, and others. Among these, the cereals & grains segment held the major share in the market. The increasing demand for rice, barley, wheat, millet, and corn across the globe, has resulted in the cereals & grains segment dominating the agricultural biologicals industry. Studies conducted across the globe indicated that Azotobacter inoculation proved to be highly productive biofertilizers in terms of crop yield. This further indicates that cereals & grains cultivation needs a large amount of several biologics, particularly biofertilizers, for healthy growth. Moreover, the critical need to boost the growth of particular crops to match the rapid increase in demand of developing agriculture dependent economies, such as India, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia are also expected to further widen the scope and requirements of agricultural biologicals in these regions.
Furthermore, the significant increase in demand for organic fruits & vegetables globally has led to a simultaneous increase in the usage of biocontrol products to enhance and multiply the yield. As a result, the fruit & vegetable segment is projected to attain lucrative growth in the market for the forecast period.
Based on regions, the agricultural biologicals market in North America accounted for the largest share in 2020 owing to favorable government regulations supporting the use of agricultural biologicals products in the region
Based on region, the market is segmented as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Among these, North America accounted for the largest share in 2020 in the market across the globe. The growth in the region is majorly owing to the favorable government regulations which are supporting the use of agricultural biologicals products in the region. For instance, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) generally has less stringent data policies to register a biopesticide due to fewer environmental risks in comparison to a chemical pesticide. In addition, the key strategies adopted by key players have also contributed to the growth of the agricultural biologicals industry in the region. For instance, in September 2019, Verdesian Life Sciences, a nutrient use efficiency company, announced the opening of its second facility in the U.S. market. This new facility is focused on the exploration of several emerging and disruptive technologies to improve environmental sustainability and the efficacy of plant nutrient uptake. Further, North Dakota, Montana, California, New York, and Wisconsin are some of the largest states in the U.S. practicing organic cultivation, thereby positively influencing the product demand in this region.
The report also provides in-depth analysis of agricultural biologicals market dynamics such as drivers, restraints opportunities and challenges
Note: Challenges along with in-depth market dynamics analysis is mentioned in the report. .
The outbreak of novel coronavirus has negatively affected the agricultural biologicals market across the globe. The sudden outbreak of the pandemic has resulted in the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations that have resulted in disruptions in imports and exports of the raw materials needed for manufacturing agricultural biologicals, thereby impacting the global market. Many agricultural biologicals businesses and companies were forced to shut down due to financial restraints. However, in the post lockdown period, major agricultural biologicals companies have gone into survival mode and have adopted strategies that are helping them remain resilient. As a result, the industry continues to witness steady demand despite the rapid spread of the pandemic.
The report also provides in-depth analysis of key trends in Agricultural Biologicals market
Bionematicides are the most prominently growing trend in the agricultural biologicals market across the globe. Nematodes lead to heavy infestation of different plant parts like roots, leading to heavy crop loss each year. Bionematicides are gaining importance in the market with the increased focus on minimizing crop damage and increasing productivity.
The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments
Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence
The key players operating in the agricultural biologicals market are:
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