The global nematicide market was estimated at USD 1.29 billion in 2017, and it is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period (2018 - 2023). Asia-Pacific, the largest producer of fruits & vegetables, is likely to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. North America and Europe accounted for the largest market share, with more than 60% of the market share in 2017. It is expected that the pesticide ban and market saturation will limit the market expansion in the European and North American markets.
Bio-based nematicides or bionematicides are generally bacterial, or fungal spores along with inert materials. The microbial spores, incorporated in bionematicides germinates, and seize the growth of the nematodes. Fumigants nematicides segment is projected to command the global market with large market revenue due to huge adoption in vegetables & fruit crop production. Liquid form segment is also expected to witness higher CAGR during the forecast period. Though fumigants dominated the global nematicide market in 2016, accounting for 44% of the market share, several advantages, like no residue leftover, no resistance development, and excellent activity are making the bionematicides favored in the market.
The growth potential for nematicides is mostly in the emerging untapped regions, such as China, India, Brazil, and African countries. The consumption of nematicides is low in these countries compared to developed nations. The increasing awareness among farmers is expected to lead to a rise in consumption pattern during the forecast period. China and India are the two largest economies in terms of population, having a rural sector of 67%, and 44%, respectively. These should be the key focus market for nematicides players. The agricultural output of China is 140% higher than that of India, and 68% higher than that of European Union. The growing demand for food products, mainly from developing countries is likely to propel the nematicides consumption, for healthy farm yield, and to decrease crop loss.
Nematicides are applied to the seed and during the growth of the crop, to protect the seeds, as well as to aid in the growth of healthier crops. The increase in the prices of high-quality seeds, such as hybrid, and genetically modified seeds, cost efficiency of seed treatment systems, limitations linked to soil structure, and temperature on the application of crop protection chemicals, and encouraging government regulations are driving the market growth for nematicides.
With the growing demand, the global nematicides market is experiencing a number of new product launches, mergers & acquisitions, and partnership between the global players.
Key Players: Simbiose Agro, Bayer Cropscience, Stoller, Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., American Vanguard Corporation, BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, FMC Corporation, Isagro Group Spa, Monsanto Company, Nufram Limited, Syngenta International Ag, Valent U.S.A. LLC, Adama Agricultural Solutions, and Sumitomo Chemical
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