Asia-Pacific Seed Treatment Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Asia-Pacific Seed Treatment Market is Segmented by Application (Insecticides, Fungicides, and Other Applications), Crop Type (Corn/Maize, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Canola, Cotton, and Other Crop Types), and Geography (India, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and Rest of Asia-Pacific). The report offers market size and forecast for the abovementioned segments.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 7.1 %

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Market Overview

The Asia-Pacific seed treatment market is estimated to register a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period 2022-2027.

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the seed treatment industry in the region as the supply chain was disrupted due to various restrictions imposed by the government authorities in the region. In a survey conducted by the Asia-Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the World Vegetable Center, more than 85% of respondents reported negative effects on international and domestic seed shipments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, seed treatment enables seed enhancement by improving their performance post-harvesting and conditioning them before they are sown. Seed-applied technologies, such as inoculants, herbicide safeners, micronutrients, plant growth regulators, seed coatings, and colorants, among others, can also be applied to the seed.

The chemical seed treatment methods segment occupied a major share (91.17%) in the Asia-Pacific seed treatment market, while the remaining 8.89% of the market share was occupied by the non-chemical/biological treatment methods segment.

Scope of the Report

Seed treatment is defined as the application of chemical ingredients in seeds in order to ensure seed protection. This treatment can be done by suppressing, controlling, or repelling plant pathogens, insects, or other pests that attack seeds, seedlings, or plants.

The Asia-Pacific seed treatment market is segmented by application (insecticides, fungicides, and other applications), crop type (corn/maize, soybeans, wheat, rice, canola, cotton, and other crop types), and geography (India, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and Rest of Asia-Pacific). The report offers market size and forecast for the abovementioned segments.

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Key Market Trends

Increased Cost of High-quality Seeds Driving the Market

The high cost associated with hybrid and genetically modified seeds is a major factor driving the growth of the seed treatment market globally. Seed treatment is being increasingly considered by farmers as a mode to protect investments made on good quality seeds due to an increase in regulatory issues relating to fumigation as well as the foliar application of pesticides.

The cost of seeds is expected to increase, owing to an increase in the demand for high-quality seeds with desirable agronomic traits. Both companies and farmers are ready to spend on seed treatment solutions in order to preserve high-quality seeds.

For instance, owing to higher production costs, the Indian government increased the maximum retail prices for cottonseed (BG II) to INR 767 for 450-gram packets in the 2021-22 sowing season compared to INR 730 in the 2020-21 sowing season. Farmers are trying to cut down operating costs by opting for seeds that do not require multiple doses of chemicals. The initial protection of these engineered seeds is ensured by using seed treatment products.

Asia-Pacific Chemical Seed Treatment Market Revenue, 2015-2017 (in USD million)

China Dominates the Market

China is the largest country in terms of consumption of seed treatment chemicals, especially maize, and holds a market share of 93.3%. India stands second, with a market share of approximately 6%.

Owing to the huge demand for seed treatment products in the Chinese market, pesticide manufacturing companies are offering a wide range of seed treatment solutions in the country. For instance, Sinochem International Crop Care Co. Ltd (Sinochem) offers approximately 21 seed coating products in the country, including various seed coating agents such as insecticidal, fungicidal, and insecticidal-fungicidal mixtures, and is registered to cover crops such as corn, wheat, cotton, rice, soybean, potato, and peanut.

Corn, wheat, and soybean are the most important crops in the Chinese market, followed by cotton. Corn is the most important raw material for feed production in China and occupies the largest share in the seed treatment market.

Seed treatment is significant in northern China, where production of corn and wheat is high. The rate of seed treatment is also higher in large farmlands across the country. However, due to their cheaper cost, fungicides are used more in terms of quantity. Due to the changing weather conditions and biological mutations, several crop-threatening pests have become resistant to the chemical agents present in pesticides.

Furthermore, as the combination of chemical agents is displaying more success in countering the pests, the demand for chemical treatment products combining insecticides and fungicides is increasing.

Asia-Pacific Seed Treatment Market Revenue by Countries, 2015-2027 (in USD million)

Competitive Landscape

The market studied is fairly consolidated. Some of the key companies in the market are ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd, BASF SE, Nufarm Limited, and Rallis India Limited, among others. The key players are focusing on expanding their business in Asia-Pacific. The leading players in this market have adopted various strategies to strengthen market opportunities and increase their market share. Acquisitions, agreements, and joint ventures are the major strategies being adopted by major players.

Major Players

  1. ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd

  2. BASF SE




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Recent Development

In October 2021, UPL Ltd, a global agriculture solution giant, launched a smart technology-driven seed treatment solution called ELECTRON 3-WM in India. According to the company, this new product is cost-effective since it reduces the need for foliar applications in the initial stage of the plant cycle, thus, leading to a decrease in the cost of production.

In August 2021, Verdesian Life Sciences, a Carolina-based agriculture solution company, expanded its presence in India by introducing four new products, including a seed treatment product called Take Off ST.

BASF introduced its innovative Melyra fungicide in China in 2020. It is the first in a series of three planned new products for the Chinese market that is based on BASF’s fungicide Revysol. Combined with the company’s trusted F500 active ingredient, Melyra works by controlling pathogens in specialty and row crops while meeting the highest regulatory standards.

In October 2019, BASF registered and introduced a new fungicide seed treatment product called ILeVo in Australia. ILeVO contains a systemic ingredient called Fluopyram, which translocates to the roots, cotyledons, and first true leaves of canola plants. According to the company, ILeVO is a highly effective seed treatment for blackleg management in canola.

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 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Insecticide

      2. 5.1.2 Fungicide

      3. 5.1.3 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Crop Type

      1. 5.2.1 Corn/Maize

      2. 5.2.2 Soybean

      3. 5.2.3 Wheat

      4. 5.2.4 Rice

      5. 5.2.5 Canola

      6. 5.2.6 Cotton

      7. 5.2.7 Other Crop Types

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 India

      2. 5.3.2 China

      3. 5.3.3 Japan

      4. 5.3.4 Thailand

      5. 5.3.5 Vietnam

      6. 5.3.6 Australia

      7. 5.3.7 Rest of Asia-Pacific


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd

      2. 6.3.2 Advanced Biological Marketing Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.3.4 Bayer CropScience AG

      5. 6.3.5 DuPont de Nemours Inc.

      6. 6.3.6 INCOTEC Group BV

      7. 6.3.7 Monsanto Company

      8. 6.3.8 Nufarm Limited

      9. 6.3.9 Syngenta International AG

      10. 6.3.10 Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd

      11. 6.3.11 Rallis India Limited

      12. 6.3.12 FMC Corporation



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia-Pacific Seed Treatment Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Asia-Pacific Seed Treatment Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.1% over the next 5 years.

ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd, BASF SE, NUFARM LTD, RALLIS INDIA LTD., SYNGENTA INTERNATIONAL AG are the major companies operating in Asia-Pacific Seed Treatment Market.

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