China Forage Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The China Forage Seed Market is segmented By Crop Type (Cereals, Legumes, and Grasses), and By Product Type (Stored Forage, Silage, Hay, and Fresh Forage) in the china market.

Market Snapshot

Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 9 %

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Market Overview

The China forage seed market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9% during the forecasted period (2020-2025). Good forage is responsible for increased yield of milk and meat production in animals. Proper usage of quality forage seeds improves the quality and quantity of animal meat, and in-turn helps in improving animal health and growth. China’s forage seed production does not meet the domestic demand, making the country depend on imports. China is the largest importer of forage seed in Asia Pacific, with United States being the major exporter of alfalfa hay to China, contributing the total import of approximately USD 340 million in the year 2019. The major drivers for this market are steady increase in population, emerging per capita income, increased demand for dairy and animal products, increase in breed cattle demand for feed, government support and the shrinkage of land for the grazing animals. The major players include AMPAC Seed Company, Forage Genetics International, Royal Barenburg Group, Pennington Seed Company and DLF Pickseed etc.

Scope of the report

Forages are plants or parts of plants eaten by herbivorous animals. The report covers the seed market of forage crops, and analysis of different types of forages, and their prospects in China. The factors affecting the studied market, either positively or negatively, and competitiveness among major players are also included in the report. The report contains a detailed analysis of various parameters of the forage seed market. The market studied has been segmented, based on crop type and product type.

Crop Type
Forage Corn
Forage Sorghum
Other Cereals
Other Legumes
Product Type
Fresh Forage
Stored Forage

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Livestock Production

China’s livestock industry experienced a vast transition during last three decades, with profound effects on domestic and global food provision, resource use, nitrogen and phosphorous losses and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to FAO, the Chinese livestock population has grown from 20 billion heads in 2016 to 21.08 billion heads in 2018, showing a 5 % increase in the livestock population. Increasing population trends are supporting the growth of the meat and seafood market. In recent years, due to increasing awareness on health and benefits of nutrients intake by the people there has been a growing demand for meat and dairy products in China. To meet these rising meat consumption demands, there has been an increase of 1.5% in meat production from 2016 to 2018. With these, rising demand for protein sources, limited availability of land and water resources for animal feed production and increasing use of these resources for food and ethanol production the demand for animal feed in the meat industry is estimated to increase.

China Forage Seed Market, Cattle & Buffalo Stock in Million Heads, 2016-2018

Cereal Forage Seed Dominates the Market

Among various types of forage crops cultivated in China, cereals occupy the top position. Corn is the major cereal forage crop grown in China. In recent years, the Chinese government has gradually allowed the use of more land for forage crops, such as corn silage and alfalfa. The Chinese Government initiated a program in 2015, to convert more grain corn to silage. With this program, China’s silage production area reached to 3.3 million hectares by 2019.  In 2019, the total area for planted corn was 35 million hectares, which produced about 231 million tons of corn. Of this, 119 million tons was for human consumption, 112 million tons was forage, mainly for pigs and chicken, and a small remainder for reserves. According to China’s Development Plans for Adjustment of Crop Farming Structure, by the end of the year 2020, the forage areas will reach 6.3 million hectares, of which most will be corn silage. Cereal crops are on high demand from the animal farms, as they provide rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and oils, and protein. The rising demands for poultry and livestock production leads to increase  demand for cereal forage crop during the forecast period.

China Forage Seed Market, Cropwise Revenue Share in Percentage (%), 2019

Competitive Landscape

The major Forage seed companies in China include AMPAC seed company, Forage Genetics International,LLC, Pennington Seed, Inc., DLF pickseed, Gansu Yasheng Industrial (Group) Co.Ltd, Groupe Limagrain and PGG Wringhtson.  Mergers & Acquisitions, expansions, partnership and product launched are the most adopted business strategies by these major players in the market. For instance, in the year 2016, Forage Genetics International and Monsanto announced Alfalfa commercial and research agreements to support innovation for alfalfa growers.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Force 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 Crop Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cereals

        1. Forage Corn

        2. Forage Sorghum

        3. Other Cereals

      2. 5.1.2 Legumes

        1. Alfalfa

        2. Other Legumes

      3. 5.1.3 Grasses

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Fresh Forage

      2. 5.2.2 Stored Forage


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 AMPAC Seed Company

      2. 6.3.2 Forage Genetics International, LLC

      3. 6.3.3 Pennington Seed, Inc

      4. 6.3.4 DLF Pickseed

      5. 6.3.5 Gansu Yasheng Industrial (Group) Co. Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Groupe Limagrain (Vilmorin)

      7. 6.3.7 PGG Wrightson

      8. 6.3.8 Barenbrug-China


  8. 8. IMPACT OF COVID-19

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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Forage Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The China Forage Seed Market is growing at a CAGR of 9% over the next 5 years.

AMPAC Seed Company, Forage Genetics International, LLC, Pennington Seed, Inc., DLF Pickseed, Gansu Yasheng Industrial (Group) Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in China Forage Seed Market.

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