China Crop Protection Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The China Crop Protection Chemicals Market is Segmented by Origin (Synthetic and Bio-based), Product Type (Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides, and Other Product Types), and Crop Type (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits, and Vegetables, and Other Crop Types).

Market Snapshot

China Crop Protection Chemicals Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 3.8 %

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Market Overview

The China crop protection chemicals market is projected to witness a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period (2021-2026). China is one of the major producers of active ingredients that form the base of formulated agrochemical products and the ready-made pesticides sold in many countries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the Chinese factories were shut temporarily, which affected the supply of chemicals to major importing countries such as the United States, Brazil, India, Argentina, and Australia.

China is the leading producer and exporter of crop protection chemicals globally. Insecticides hold the major share of 49.0% among all the crop protection chemicals. A large population, small farm sizes, food security, and the need for high farm efficiency are the prime drivers of the market. China’s government plans on planting areas of several crops to provide more area for rice and wheat to meet the domestic demand and reduce the import of grains, which will further give a boost to the market.

The use of chemical pesticides in China is observing a downward trend and witnessing a gradual shift toward the use of biological pesticides. The Ministry of Agriculture led the “Zero Growth Policy of Pesticides and Fertilizers by 2020” in 2015 to phase out the use of synthetic pesticides and encourage the use of bio-based and organic products.

Additionally, China is one of the largest exporters of agrochemical products to different countries and has many local and global level manufacturers like BASF, Nutrichem Company Limited, Fuhua, and others.​

Scope of the Report

Crop protection chemicals constitute a class of agrochemicals used for preventing the destruction of crops by insect pests, diseases, weeds, and other pests. The report contains a detailed analysis of various parameters of the China crop protection chemicals market. The market is segmented by origin (synthetic and bio-based), product type (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other product types), and crop type (grains and cereals, pulses and oilseeds, commercial crops, fruits, and vegetables, and other crop types).

By Origin
By Product Type
Other Product Types
By Crop Type
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Fruits and Vegetables
Other Crop Types

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Area Under Organic Production Creates Higher Demand for Bio-based Chemicals

The overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has been a rising concern in China, which led the government to intervene in maintaining agricultural sustainability and the health of the ecological environment. Due to the high usage of chemicals on agricultural crops, the Chinese government, in 2015, issued a “zero-growth policy” to reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers by 2020, while pushing toward the green development of its agricultural sector.

Owing to this, there has been a replacement in the use of high toxicity and high residue pesticides with low toxicity and low residue pesticides, such as organic pesticides and biopesticides. Furthermore, the area under organic production increased from 2.28 million hectares to 3.13 million hectares between 2016-2018. This increasing area leads to higher demand for bio-based products. Therefore, China’s registration of biopesticides is rising continuously, especially the registration of microbial pesticides.

Owing to an increased focus on environmental sustainability while maintaining the crop output, the demand for bio-insecticides in the country is expected to increase in the coming years. ​

China Crop Protection Chemicals Market Trends

The Insecticide Segment Dominates the Market

Insecticides constitute the major share of pesticides’ revenue. The insecticide segment holds a significant share of the pesticide market. Insecticides are the most common pesticides registered for use on cotton. Among them, one with the largest number of registered active ingredients is phoxim, followed by cypermethrin and beta-cypermethrin.

Abamectin is also the most widely used biological insecticide to protect cereals, soybean, cotton, fruits and vegetables, and even ornamentals from serious insect infestations.​ These insecticides are majorly targeted to control pests such as cotton bollworms, aphids, cabbage caterpillars, diamondback moths, and red spider mites.

With the increasing concern over the infestation of these pests, companies are continuously developing new active ingredients to prevent crop damage from pests. For instance, in December 2020, Bayer Crop Science China launched its new generation patented insecticideTetraniliprole under its trade name Vayego in Guangzhou, China.

China Crop Protection Chemicals Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

China's crop protection chemical market is a fragmented market. Companies such as Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, BASF, and UPL have expanded their presence in China by enhancing pesticide production and through increased focus on strategic moves like mergers and acquisitions to have a strong foothold in the Chinese market. Few active players in the China crop protection chemicals market include Nutrichem Company Limited, Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical Company Limited, Zhejiang Wynca Chemical Industry Group Co. Ltd, Sichuan Leshan Fuhua Tongda Agrochemical Technology Co. Ltd, etc.

Major Players

  1. Sichuan Leshan Fuhua Tongda Agro-chemical Technology Co., Ltd

  2. Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical Co., Ltd

  3. Nutrichem Company Limited

  4. Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Group Co., Ltd

  5. Jiangsu Huifeng Bio Agriculture Co., Ltd

China Crop Protection Chemicals Market Analysis

Recent Developments

In 2018, Adama Agricultural Solutions partnered with Hubei Sanonda Co. Ltd to conduct research and development in the Nanjing region in China.​

In 2017, China-based ChemChina (China National Chemical Corporation), which operates in various industries such as material science, life science, and basic chemicals, completed the acquisition of Swiss-based crop protection and seeds company Syngenta.

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 By Origin

      1. 5.1.1 Synthetic

      2. 5.1.2 Bio-based

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Herbicides

      2. 5.2.2 Insecticides

      3. 5.2.3 Fungicides

      4. 5.2.4 Other Product Types

    3. 5.3 By Crop Type

      1. 5.3.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.3.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.3.3 Commercial Crops

      4. 5.3.4 Fruits and Vegetables

      5. 5.3.5 Other Crop Types


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Competitor Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Nutrichem Company Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical Co. Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Sichuan Leshan Fuhua Tongda Agro-chemical Technology Co. Ltd

      4. 6.3.4 Nanjing Red Sun Co. Ltd

      5. 6.3.5 Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Co. Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Jiangsu Huifeng Bio Agriculture Co. Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Group Co. Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 Sinochem Crop Protection Co. Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Syngenta Nantong Crop Protection Co. Ltd

      10. 6.3.10 Bayer China Ltd

      11. 6.3.11 BASF SE

      12. 6.3.12 Corteva Agriscience



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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Crop Protection Chemicals Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The China Crop Protection Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.8% over the next 5 years.

Sichuan Leshan Fuhua Tongda Agro-chemical Technology Co., Ltd, Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical Co., Ltd, Nutrichem Company Limited, Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Group Co., Ltd, Jiangsu Huifeng Bio Agriculture Co., Ltd are the major companies operating in China Crop Protection Chemicals Market.

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