Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market is segmented by Type (Urea, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN), Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Sulphate, Ammonia, and Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers), Application (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Fruits and Vegetables, Turf and Ornamentals and Other Applications) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Nitrogenous Fertilizer market - summary
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:


Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


4.2 %

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Market Overview

The global nitrogenous fertilizer market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period (2021-2026). Covid-19 has affected all the processes which connected all the processes which connect farm production to final consumers. Farmers have faced a shortage of agricultural inputs like fertilizer, seed, and pesticides. China is one of the major fertilizer producers and exporters in the world. The lockdown in China had a huge impact on International Fertilizer Trade. When lockdown began in China the impact is severe in terms of production cuts due to labor shortage, transportation problems which have resulted in stockpiling up. Prices are at an all-time low, and inventories are high with demand uncertain in producing nations. The nitrogenous fertilizer market is expected to gain growth, owing to the rising food demand, the increasing population, and the government funding for the usage of advanced techniques and fertilizer for high productivity, in order to meet the rising demand. Technology progress around the world, which works with modern environmental issues, attracts attention to agriculture, and makes the domain of fertilizers technology the cornerstone for market development. Europe and North America are likely to witness steady growth over the forecast period, due to market saturation, while South America and Africa are predicted to exhibit a high growth in the coming years, owing to huge cultivation of rice, corn, and sugarcane in these regions. As an impact the nitrogen fertilizer prices declined by 8.5% in May 2020 as lower input costs and weak seasonal demand outweighed the gradual easing of supply bottlenecks. The disruptions in supply had a negative impact on the international trade of the market.

Scope of the Report

The International Fertilizer Association defines a fertilizer as “any solid, liquid, gaseous substance containing one or more plant nutrient in known amount, which is applied to soil, directly on plants, or added in aqueous solutions (as in fertigation) to maintain soil fertility, improve crop development, yield, and/or crop quality". The corporations in the fertilizer industry operate in B2B, as well as B2C business format. To eliminate any ‘double-count’ error in market estimations, bulk buyers procuring fertilizers for retail sale, after value addition through further processing, are not considered as part of the fertilizer market. The Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market is segmented by Type (Urea, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN), Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Sulphate, Ammonia, and Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers), Application (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Fruits and Vegetables, Turf and Ornamentals and Other Applications) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN)
Ammonium Nitrate
Ammonium Sulphate
Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Fruits and Vegetables
Turf and Ornamentals
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Fertilizers

Urea is the most widely used nitrogenous fertilizer across the world, primarily because of the high nitrogen content (46%). China and India are the largest producers and consumers of urea in the world. The major exporters of urea are countries rich in natural gas, especially those in the GCC region. According to the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), the global demand for urea is expected to increase at 1.6% per annum, to reach 188.0 million metric ton, by 2022, while the supply (effective capacity) may reach 197.0 million metric ton. Over the course of the forecast period, the regional demand for urea is projected to increase in all regions, except Europe, with Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia being the largest contributors.

global consumption of nitrogenous fertilizers

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Asia-Pacific Dominates the Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market

The Asia-Pacific region holds the largest share among all regions in the nitrogenous fertilizer market, accounting for 60.0% of the total global nitrogenous fertilizer usage. China and India share the largest consumption share in the Asia-Pacific fertilizer market, with China alone accounting for more than 50.0% of the consumption in the region. In 2018, rice production in Asia used the highest quantity of nitrogenous fertilizer, accounting for 35.0% of the total consumption. Oil palm, the second-largest consumer of nitrogenous fertilizer, accounted for 17.0% of the total fertilizer consumption. Rice and oil palm production growths are expected to remain robust, driven by population and economic growth in the region.

nitrogenous fertilizer market

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Competitive Landscape

The nitrogenous fertilizer market is fragmented and has a significant presence of various small and large manufacturers. The top three companies have just about 15% of the nitrogenous fertilizer production capacity. However, there has been a little consolidation of the market over the past five years, especially in Europe and North America. The fragmented nature of the market is due to the wide availability of raw material required for the manufacture of nitrogenous fertilizers.

Recent Developments

In June 2018, Yara International ASA has completed its acquisition of Tata Chemicals' urea business in India, marking a significant step forward for its growth ambitions in India. The acquired plant has an annual production of about 0.7 million tons ammonia and 1.2 million tons urea. With this acquisition Yara expanded its production capacity to cater the rising demand.

In 2016,CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has completed its expansion into Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and Port Neal, Iowa, with the launch of nitrogen complexes. The nitrogen capacity of the complexes are more than 25 percent, in the Donaldsonville facility​

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

      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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Urea

      2. 5.1.2 Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN)

      3. 5.1.3 Ammonium Nitrate

      4. 5.1.4 Ammonium Sulphate

      5. 5.1.5 Ammonia

      6. 5.1.6 Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.2.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.2.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.2.4 Turf and Ornamentals

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Germany

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Yara International ASA

      2. 6.3.2 CF Industries Holdings Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 TogliattiAzot

      4. 6.3.4 Nutrien Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 UralChem JSC

      6. 6.3.6 OCI NV

      7. 6.3.7 Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative

      8. 6.3.8 Coromandel International Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 EuroChem Group

      10. 6.3.10 Koch Industries Inc.

      11. 6.3.11 SABIC Group



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.2% over the next 5 years.

Africa is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

  • Yara International
  • CF Industries Holdings Inc.
  • PJSC Togliattiazot
  • Nutrien Inc.
  • EuroChem Group

Are the major companies operating in Nitrogenous Fertilizer Market.

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