Agricultural Surfactants Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Agricultural Surfactants Industry Insights and is segmented by Type (Anionic, Nonionic, Cationic, and Amphoteric), Application (Insecticide, Herbicide, Fungicide, and Other Applications), Crop Application (Crop-based and Non-crop-based), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Agricultural Surfactants Market Size

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Agricultural Surfactant Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 2.04 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 2.82 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 6.70 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Agricultural Surfactant Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Agricultural Surfactants Market Analysis

The Agricultural Surfactant Market size is estimated at USD 2.04 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 2.82 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.70% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The COVID-19 outbreak impacted the agricultural surfactant market. Major regions like North America witnessed the impact of the pandemic, such as sudden shutdown, collapsed supply chain, and government restrictions. Increasing usage of biobased surfactants is leading to investments in the market.

Agricultural surfactants are mainly used with water-based herbicide spray solutions as they accentuate the emulsifying, dispersing, spreading, wetting, or other surface modifying properties of liquids. Surfactants are almost always present in herbicide treatment solutions to improve spray droplet retention and penetration of active ingredients into plant foliage. The increasing usage of agricultural surfactants is due to the high adoption of precision farming and protected agriculture.

Agricultural Surfactants Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Agricultural Surfactant Market according to our research experts:

Rising Demand for Food and Shrinking Land Driving the Market

The global population is increasing exponentially, and every day, nearly 200,000 people are being added to the world's food demand. The world's human population increased nearly fourfold in the past 100 years, and it is projected to reach 9.2 billion by 2050. Supplying food to this growing population has become a global threat. Farmland per capita in 2030 is expected to decrease to 1800 m² from 2,200 m² in 2005. Various crop pests are causing 10-16% of global crop losses annually, worsening the scenario. Therefore, farmers are adopting crop protection as the key strategy to meet the growing food demand globally. The demand for crop protection chemicals is driving the market for agricultural surfactants.

Agricultural Surfactant Market: Arable land in hectares, Global, 2017-2019

North America Dominates the Agricultural Surfactant Market

North America holds the largest part of the agricultural surfactant market, at 35%. The region is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period, especially with the various government initiatives to increase yield and maintain a continuous supply of raw materials for the food, feed, and biofuel industries. Major factors driving the growth are the increasing usage of bio-surfactants and the abundant availability of raw materials. However, environmental concerns and health and safety issues are anticipated to hinder the market's growth. Their usage as lung surfactants in the Neonatal Respiratory Distress (NRD) syndrome is likely to act as an opportunity in the future. The United States dominated the market across the region due to the expansion of industries, such as personal care and food processing.

Agricultural Surfactant Market: Growth Rate by Region in %, Global, 2022-2027

Agricultural Surfactants Industry Overview

The market for agricultural surfactants is fragmented. The key players in the market have been following strategies to explore new regions through acquisitions, new product launches, expansions and investments, agreements, partnerships, collaborations, and joint ventures. Investment in R&D is another strategy adopted by market leaders. Some of the major players in the market are Evonik Industries AG, Dow Corning Corp., AkzoNobel NV, and Solvay SA (Belgium).

Agricultural Surfactants Market Leaders

  1. Evonik Industries AG

  2. Solvay SA (Belgium)

  3. BASF SE

  4. Nufarm Australia

  5. AkzoNobel NV

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Agricultural Surfactant Market Concentration
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Agricultural Surfactants Market News

  • March 2022 - Dow announced a new product extension of VORASURF™ Silicone Surfactants to support the growing demand for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainable solutions in the rigid polyurethane foam market, with a specific focus on spray and construction applications.
  • September 2021 - BASF increased prices for non-ionic surfactants due to increasing demand in the agricultural input sector, including herbicides and insecticides.
  • March 2021 - BASF signed two distinct partnership agreements to expand its leading position in the bio-based surfactants and actives market.

Agricultural Surfactants Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Anionic

      2. 5.1.2 Nonionic

      3. 5.1.3 Cationic

      4. 5.1.4 Amphoteric

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Insecticide

      2. 5.2.2 Herbicide

      3. 5.2.3 Fungicide

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Substrate

      1. 5.3.1 Synthetic

      2. 5.3.2 Bio-based

    4. 5.4 Crop Application

      1. 5.4.1 Crop-based

        1. Grains and Cereals

        2. Oilseeds

        3. Fruits and Vegetables

      2. 5.4.2 Non-crop-based

        1. Turf and Ornamental Grass

        2. Other Crop Applications

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.5.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Corteva Agriscience

      2. 6.3.2 Evonik Industries

      3. 6.3.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.3.4 Akzonobel

      5. 6.3.5 Solvay SA

      6. 6.3.6 Wilbur-Ellis Company

      7. 6.3.7 Croda International PLC

      8. 6.3.8 Huntsman

      9. 6.3.9 Nufarm Limited

      10. 6.3.10 Helena Chemical Company

      11. 6.3.11 Air Products and Chemicals

      12. 6.3.12 Kao Corporation

      13. 6.3.13 Clariant

      14. 6.3.14 Lamberti SPA

      15. 6.3.15 Brandt Consolidated Inc.

      16. 6.3.16 Interagro (Uk) Ltd

      17. 6.3.17 Tanatex Chemicals BV

      18. 6.3.18 Garrco Products Inc.


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Agricultural Surfactants Industry Segmentation

A surfactant can be defined as a substance that reduces the surface tension of the liquid in which it is dissolved. The report considers the end users that procure surfactants for exclusive application in agricultural production. These end users include farmers and institutional buyers operating in agriculture and allied production. The agricultural surfactant market is segmented by type, application, and geography. The report offers the market size and forecast in terms of value in USD thousand for all the above segments.

Other Applications
Crop Application
Grains and Cereals
Fruits and Vegetables
Turf and Ornamental Grass
Other Crop Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Agricultural Surfactants Market Research FAQs

The Agricultural Surfactant Market size is expected to reach USD 2.04 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 6.70% to reach USD 2.82 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Agricultural Surfactant Market size is expected to reach USD 2.04 billion.

Evonik Industries AG, Solvay SA (Belgium), BASF SE, Nufarm Australia and AkzoNobel NV are the major companies operating in the Agricultural Surfactant Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Agricultural Surfactant Market.

In 2023, the Agricultural Surfactant Market size was estimated at USD 1.91 billion. The report covers the Agricultural Surfactant Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Agricultural Surfactant Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Agricultural Surfactants Industry Report

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Agricultural Surfactants Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)