Seed treatment can be defined as the application of chemical ingredients or biological organisms to the seed that enables in suppressing, controlling or repelling plant pathogens, insects, or other pests that attack seeds, seedlings or plants. The market was worth around USD 457.7 million in 2017 and is expected to cross USD 819.6 million by 2022 growing at the CAGR of 10.2% during the forecast period 2017-2022.
Seeding rates have been witnessing considerable diminishing, which, in turn, has provided impetus to the practice of seed treatment for preventing plant loss. Focusing greater attention on procedures that reduce risk, such as adapting to weather conditions after sowing, which makes seedlings highly vulnerable to soil-borne diseases and insects. Some major drivers of the seed treatment are crop rotations getting shorter and greater use of multi-component products. All these are driving the market for seed treatment.
Major restraints identified in this report are concerns for the environment and regulation of seed treatment market.
By application segment, chemical agents dominate the Brazilian market for seed treatment, accounting for an estimated 2015 share of 94%. However, growth in demand for non-chemical agents is likely to outpace chemical agents by posting a 2017-2022 compounded annual rate of 10.7% to emerge as the fastest segment.
Corn/maize is the leading type of crop for seed treatment applications in Brazil, estimated to account for 21.3% of the total demand in 2015. In terms of CAGR between 2017 and 2022, however, demand for seed treatment applications in soybean is expected to be the fastest among all crop types at 11%.
Key Industry Players
Some of the major players in the market include BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, Verdesian and others. The key payers are eventually focusing on agreements and partnerships to balance the supply and demand of the market. Introducing new effective products is another strategy to stay ahead of the competition.
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