Philippines Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Philippines Seed Market is segmented by Product Type (Transgenic, Non-Transgenic, and Open Pollinated) and Crop Type (Cereals and Grains, Pulses and Oilseeds, and Vegetables).

Market Snapshot

Seed Sector Analysis Philippines Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 9 %
Seed Sector Analysis Philippines Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The Philippines seed market is projected to witness a CAGR of 9.0% during the forecast period (2021-2026). 

The commercialization of seed, especially rice, has not been significantly affected by the impact of COVID-19 compared to other crops, as rice seed demand has always been on the higher side. However, a substantial disruption in the functioning of both demand and supply, posing hurdles for all stakeholders, including consumers, has been witnessed in the seed sector. The disruptions were majorly due to the measures taken by the government, which led to increasing losses in the seed sector. 

Rice is the most important staple crop in the country, followed by maize, dry beans, and potato. The main vegetable crops are eggplant, pumpkin, squash, gourds, tomato, and onion. The local crops with significant areas of harvest include cassava, sweet potato, pulses, and oilseeds. The main non-food crop in the country is tobacco. In order to make the country’s seed sector more competitive, the companies are calling for reforms. For instance, in 2018, one of the leading vegetable seed companies, East-west Seed, called for reforms in the seed industry to make the Philippines more competitive and make vegetable farming a more profitable occupation for smallholder farmers.

Scope of the Report

The report defines seed as a commodity in terms of end-users. To eliminate any double-count error in the market estimations, bulk buyers that procure seed products for retail sale after value-addition through further processing are not considered as a part of the seed market. The end-users include farmers and institutional buyers operating in agricultural production. For this report, the seeds used for sowing have been considered for market estimations and forecasts. The market does not include seeds used for human or animal consumption. The Philippines Seed Market is segmented by Product Type (Transgenic, Non-Transgenic, and Open Pollinated) and Crop Type (Cereals and Grains, Pulses and Oilseeds, and Vegetables).

Product Type
Open Pollinated
Crop Type
Cereals and Grains
Pulses and Oilseeds

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Key Market Trends

Development of New Varieties

In order to develop seeds with improved genetic traits and better pest resistance, the seed sector in the Philippines has been characterized by significant investments in R&D. The ongoing research and development in the Philippines seed market boosted the new product developments on an extensive scale. For instance, in 2015, The National Seed Industry Council approved 14 new inbred and dry-seeded varieties developed by various research institutes. Till 2018, the country released 19 drought-tolerant rice hybrids for the rainfed lowlands, four for the uplands, and 15 for saline-prone environments. Apart from being more resilient, climate-smart varieties are also being developed in the country. The recently released drought-tolerant rice variety, NSIC Rc 282, offered encouraging results. The contribution of these varieties to the country's food security is even more crucial because the Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Hence, these innovations are more prone to address the challenges faced by Filipino farmers, in turn, driving the seed market.

Seed Sector Analysis Philippines Market Key Trends

Rice Dominates the Cereals Market

The rice seed market in the Philippines was recorded at 1,88,14,827 metric ton of production in 2019. Non- hybrid seeds accounted for more than half of this market by volume, while the remaining was accounted for by hybrid seeds in 2019. Major rice-producing regions in the country are Central Luzon (18.7%), Western Visayas (11.3%), Cagayan Valley (11%), Ilocos Region (9.8%), Soccsksargen (7.5%), and Bicol region (6.8%). Nearly half of the rice varieties adopted in the country are by IRRI, and more than one-fourth of the farmers in the country adopt Phil rice varieties. Privately bred rice varieties account for a minute percent. Less than 10% of adopted rice comprises privately bred varieties, of which the majority were bred by Bayer and SL Agritech. 

The Philippines, due to the lack of an effective seed delivery system, is not self-sufficient for rice production. Owing to this, it mainly depends on imports from neighboring countries, making it one of the world's biggest rice importers. In order to be self-sufficient in the near future, the government has been urging farmers to shift to hybrid rice seeds, as this would significantly contribute to achieving the 100% rice self-sufficiency level by 2019. The DA had also planned to expand hybrid rice area up to 700,000 hectares in 2017 and as much as one million in 2020. Adopting hybrid seeds can help farmers become more competitive, by allowing them to produce more at a lower unit cost than inbred seeds, resulting in higher profit. However, despite these benefits, hybrid seed adoption is still low, restraining the market growth in the country.

Seed Sector Analysis Philippines Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The Philippines seed industry is concentrated, with few players dominating the majority of the market. SL-Agritech, Allied botanical, East-West Seed, Syngenta Group, Bayer’s Group, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and Kaneko Seeds are among the few dominant players, offering both hybrid and non-hybrid seeds. As a result, the companies present in the country are focusing on different business strategies to expand their market share.

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 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hybrid

        1. Transgenic

        2. Non-transgenic

      2. 5.1.2 Open Pollinated

    2. 5.2 Crop Type

      1. 5.2.1 Cereals and Grains

        1. Rice

        2. Maize

        3. Sorghum

      2. 5.2.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.2.3 Vegetables

        1. Tomatoes

        2. Onion

        3. Eggplants

        4. Pumpkins

        5. Beans


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Harvest Agribusiness

      3. 6.3.3 Vigour Seeds

      4. 6.3.4 Ramgo International

      5. 6.3.5 East-West Seed

      6. 6.3.6 Evogene Seeds

      7. 6.3.7 Syngenta (ChemChina)

      8. 6.3.8 Pilipinas Kaneko Seeds Corp.

      9. 6.3.9 SL Agritech Corporation



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Philippines Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

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

Pilipinas Kaneko Seeds Corp, East-West Seed, SL Agritech Corporation, Dupont Pioneer, Syngenta are the major companies operating in Philippines Seed Market.

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