China Fertilizers Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

The China Fertilizers Market is segmented by type into nitrogenous, phosphorous, potassic, micronutrients and secondary fertilizers, and application into grains and cereals, pulses and oilseeds, fruits and vegetables, commercial crops and others. The nitrogenous fertilizers segment is further sub-segmented into urea, calcium ammonium carbonate, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, ammonia, and others, and the phosphatic fertilizers segment is sub-segmented into mono-ammonium phosphate, di-ammonium phosphate, triple superphosphate and others.

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Market Overview

The China Fertilizers Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 0.62% during the forecast period, 2019-2024. The pulses and oilseeds segment of the market studied is projected to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period. The market growth is restrained by the Chinese government's zero-growth policy and environmental protection policy system for rural areas and the agricultural sector, in order to control the pollution and achieve green development. The policy, which was released in 2015 envisages zero-growth in fertilizer and pesticide consumption by 2020. Through this, the policymakers are promoting accurate fertilization, adjusting fertilizer consumption structure, improved fertilization, and use of more micronutrients and secondary fertilizers, as compared to straight fertilizers, particularly nitrogenous fertilizers. This policy is expected to provide a fillip to the growth of the market for biofertilizers in the country.

Scope of the Report

The fertilizers market in China has been witnessing sluggish growth rate, owing to increasing awareness with respect to the environmental degradation caused by fertilizers and escalating focus of the government on the zero-growth policy of fertilizers, however, the country is laying more emphasis on augmenting the use of secondary fertilizers, including magnesium, calcium and sulphur in the coming years. The China fertilizers market report is segmented on the basis of type and application. Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are not considered in the scope of the study.

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN)
Ammonium Nitrate
Ammonium Sulfate
Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers
Mono-ammonium Phosphate (MAP)
Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP)
Triple Superphosphate (TSP)
Other Phosphatic Fertilizers
Secondary Nutrient Fertilizers
Micronutrient Fertilizers
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oil Seeds
Fruits and Vegetables
Commercial Crops
Other Applications

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Organic and Biofertilizers

According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China (MOA), the use of organic fertilizers as a replacement for chemical fertilizers is one of the key points of agricultural supply-side structural reform in China, and it has a restraining influence on the growth of the chemical fertilizers market in China. The key crops used in the country for the trial fertilizer-replacement program are fruits, vegetables, tea, and others. In May 2016, the “Soil Pollution Prevention Action Plan” was issued to provide strong support for the promotion of organic fertilizer in the country. The government accords great importance to the production of organic fertilizers, and implements a tax exemption policy (implemented in 2016) for bio-organic fertilizer products, providing further support for the development of the organic fertilizer industry in China. The rising number of product innovations and activities in the organic fertilizer market in China act as a restraint to the chemical fertilizers market. The major organic fertilizer companies in the country are Inner Mongolia Wofeng Agricultural Development Co., Shandong Zhongxin Agricultural Development Co., Hunan Zhonghua Dongfang Fertilizer Co. Ltd, among others.

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Urea Dominates the Nitrogenous Fertilizers Market

The urea fertilizer segment accounted for more than 50% share in the nitrogenous fertilizers market, in 2018. According to International Fertilizers Association (IFA), the consumption volume of urea declined from 12,639,800 ton in 2015 to 9,259,000 ton in 2016. According to the China National Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Association, the production capacity of urea declined from 72.76 million ton in 2017 to 69.5 million metric ton in 2018.

In 2017, the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) of China conducted a Controlled-Release Urea (CRU) fertilizer application program in Hubei province in Central China. It has been proved that the consistent use of CRU fertilizer helps in improving the yield and profitability of major crops, such as rice and eggplant. The Government of China is conducting various awareness programs through conducting farmer meetings and field trials, in order to alleviate the use of urea fertilizers and increase yield with the use of CRU fertilizers. 

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Competitive Landscape

The China chemical fertilizers market is highly consolidated with Sinofert Holdings Limited, Yara China Limited, and Nutrien Limited accounted for significant market shares in 2018. Given that the market is consolidated, wide product portfolios, investments in R&D, expansions, mergers, acquisitions, and a few more business strategies lead the companies in achieving higher shares in the market. The players are also investing in the development of new products and mergers & acquisitions, which is expected to increase their market shares while strengthening R&D activities. For example, in 2019, the Mosaic Company signed the memorandum of understanding MoU with China’s Sinochem, where the latter agreed to purchase the phosphatic fertilizers from the former, which includes even the premium products.

Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Nitrogenous

        1. Urea

        2. Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN)

        3. Ammonium Nitrate

        4. Ammonium Sulfate

        5. Ammonia

        6. Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers

      2. 5.1.2 Phosphatic

        1. Mono-ammonium Phosphate (MAP)

        2. Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP)

        3. Triple Superphosphate (TSP)

        4. Other Phosphatic Fertilizers

      3. 5.1.3 Potassic

      4. 5.1.4 Secondary Nutrient Fertilizers

      5. 5.1.5 Micronutrient Fertilizers

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.2.2 Pulses and Oil Seeds

      3. 5.2.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.2.4 Commercial Crops

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Sinofert Holdings Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Yara China Limited

      3. 6.3.3 The Mosaic Company

      4. 6.3.4 Nutrien Limited

      5. 6.3.5 Hubei Xinyangfeng Fertilizer Co. Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Henan XinlianXin Chemicals Group Company Limited

      7. 6.3.7 Laizhou Guangcheng Chemical Co. Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 Israel Chemicals Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Kirns Chemical Ltd

      10. 6.3.10 Haifa Group

      11. 6.3.11 Sociedad Química y Minera (SQM)


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