Agrochemical Companies in South Africa Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The South Africa Agrochemicals Industry is Segmented by Type (Fertilizers, Pesticides, Adjuvants, and Plant Growth Regulators), Application (Crop-based (Grains and Cereals, Oilseeds, and Fruits and Vegetables), Non-crop-based (Turf and Ornamental Grass), and Other Major Crops). The report offers market sizing in terms of value in USD million.

South Africa Agrochemical Market Size

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South Africa Agrochemicals Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 1.27 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 1.53 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 3.90 %
Market Concentration Low

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South Africa Agrochemicals Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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South Africa Agrochemical Market Analysis

The South Africa Agrochemicals Market size is estimated at USD 1.27 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 1.53 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 3.9% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • South Africa is one of the major African countries engaged in producing agricultural products. Farming as the main source of income, rising incidences of infestation and diseases on crops, increasing focus on food security and climate change, and increase in farmer's income are the major aspects responsible for the growth and development of the agrochemicals market in South Africa.
  • The South African agrochemical market is import-dependent. Within the fertilizer category, all the potassic fertilizers consumed are imported, and 60%-70% of the nitrogenous fertilizers are imported. The remaining fertilizers are produced domestically. However, the cost of agrochemicals is not always affordable to the farmers of lower economic classes, which is becoming a major constraint to the demand for fertilizers in the country.
  • In terms of land area, South Africa is a vast country. Though, there is very little land available for agricultural usage. Consequently, the need to improve production efficiency has been driving the market demand for agrochemicals. Furthermore, with economic improvement, farmers have become more aware of the necessity of agrochemicals on the land. Integrated farming practices, if adopted, may further create an opportunity for the market. Hence, the need to improve efficiency through agrochemicals has been driving the market demand.

South Africa Agrochemical Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the South Africa Agrochemicals Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Adoption of Bio-based Agrochemicals

Biopesticides are essentially less harmful than regular synthetic pesticides. Biopesticides typically affect only the target pest and other closely related organisms. Therefore, biopesticides are gaining popularity. Furthermore, the more consumption of chemical fertilizers than recommended levels over the years led to soil acidification. Thus, more biofertilizers are needed to correct the pH value of the soil.

The development of the agrochemical industry had a huge impact on the South African crop protection markets. Increasing the need for food production and the high population and economic growth rate raised the demand for various agrochemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. Production needs to be increased on low fertile soil that requires a high amount of biofertilizers. This enhances the nutrient availability of crop plants through processes, like fixing atmospheric nitrogen or dissolving phosphorus in the soil, which imparts better health to crops and soil and enhances crop yields. This, in turn, is anticipated to drive the biofertilizer market during the forecast period.

The commercial farming sector produces more than 95% of the total marketed agricultural output. For instance, maize accounts for 41% of total fertilizer applications, whereas sugar cane accounts for 18%, which can be replaced by biofertilizers that increase the sugarcane yield by 20-30 metric ton per hectare as compared to chemical fertilizers, which yield 60 metric ton per hectare as it helps to solubilize phosphorus and potassium, thus, making it easier for nutrient absorption.

Bananas are one of the major crops grown in the Mpumalanga region, which accounts for 42%, and the Kiepersol region accounts for 19% of the total national crop. Biofertilizers, particularly inoculation with Azotobacter, could substitute 50% of the nitrogen requirement of bananas and produce higher yields over full doses of nitrogen application. Therefore, increased demand for bananas over the region may boost the biofertilizer market during the forecast period.

South Africa Agrochemicals Market: Organic Farmland in hectares, Cereals, 2019 - 2020

Need for Increased Land Productivity

The main focus of the agricultural sector is to increase productivity and food security in the country. However, the country's agricultural productivity is quite fluctuating over the years as compared to neighboring regional economies. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, in 2020, the country was showing an increase in the cultivation and production of grains and cereals. The maximum demand for agrochemical products, like pesticides and fertilizers, is from cereal crop growers in the country. For instance, in 2020, maize (corn) production increased to 15,300,000 ton from 11,275,500 ton in 2019. Therefore increase in the production of cereals like maize is anticipated to drive the demand for agrochemical products over the forecast period.

Furthermore, there is a need to increase land productivity, as the area harvested of major crops in the country has been declining. For instance, in 2019, the area harvested for bananas was 6,652 hectares, and it declined to 6,504 hectares in 2020. Similarly, the area harvested for oranges declined to 36,808 hectares in 2020 from 40,413 hectares in 2019. Thus, there is a need to increase the land productivity. Therefore, agrochemicals are used by the South African growers to increase productivity from a limited area, which is powering the growth of the South African agrochemicals market.

South Africa Agrochemicals Market : Area Harvested in Hectares, Fruit type, 2019-2020

South Africa Agrochemical Industry Overview

The South African agrochemicals market is highly competitive, with the presence of many international and domestic players operating in the market. The major players in the South African agrochemical market include Sasol Limited, Bayer Crop Science AG, Syngenta AG, BASF SE, CF Industries Holdings, ICL Group Ltd, Land O' Lakes (Villa Crop Protection (Pty) Ltd), and K+S AG. These prominent players are expanding their positions in the country to have a wide-reaching consumer base for their agrochemical products. Further, key players are coming up with new innovative products that cater to the needs of the growers in the region.

South Africa Agrochemical Market Leaders

  1. Sasol Limited

  2. OCP Group

  3. Yara International ASA

  4. Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM)

  5. K+S AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

South Africa Agrochemicals Market Concentration
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South Africa Agrochemical Market News

March 2021: Land O' Lakes Villa Crop Protection and the Intelichem Group merged under the brand name WinField United. This merger is anticipated to change the African landscape of agriculture and crop protection.

March 2021: BASF and AgBiome signed a collaborative agreement on a new biological fungicide for Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. The product developed by AgBiome was marketed as Howler in the United States. It is a biological fungicide that works against soilborne and foliar diseases.

March 2021: Syngenta received registration of its new fungicide, VAYANTIS, from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). VAYANTIS fungicide contains an active ingredient that can be used for seed treatment developed to protect seedlings from key blight and damping-off diseases across all its markets, including South Africa.

South Africa Agrochemical Market Report - 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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fertilizers

      2. 5.1.2 Pesticides

      3. 5.1.3 Adjuvants

      4. 5.1.4 Plant Growth Regulators

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Crop-based

        1. Grains and Cereals

        2. Oil seeds

        3. Fruits and Vegetables

      2. 5.2.2 Non-crop-based

        1. Turf and Ornamnetal Grass

      3. 5.2.3 Other Major Crops


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bayer CropScience AG

      2. 6.3.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.3.3 Nutrien Ltd

      4. 6.3.4 CF Industries Holdings

      5. 6.3.5 UPL Limited

      6. 6.3.6 Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM)

      7. 6.3.7 Yara International ASA

      8. 6.3.8 Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM)

      9. 6.3.9 Cargill Incorporated

      10. 6.3.10 Belaruskali

      11. 6.3.11 OCP Group

      12. 6.3.12 Land O' Lakes (Villa Crop Protection (Pty) Ltd

      13. 6.3.13 FMC Corporation

      14. 6.3.14 Sasol Limited

      15. 6.3.15 Corteva Agriscience

      16. 6.3.16 ADAMA Ltd

      17. 6.3.17 Nufarm

      18. 6.3.18 Sumitomo Chemical (Philagro SA)

      19. 6.3.19 ICL Group Ltd

      20. 6.3.20 Syngenta AG

      21. 6.3.21 K+S AG

      22. 6.3.22 Uralkali


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South Africa Agrochemical Industry Segmentation

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), agrochemicals are commercially produced and usually synthetic chemical compounds used in farming, such as fertilizers, pesticides, or soil conditioners. The agrochemical market in South Africa is segmented by type (Fertilizers, Pesticides, Adjuvants, and Plant Growth Regulators), and application (Crop-based (Grains and Cereals, Oilseeds, and Fruits and Vegetables), Non-crop-based (Turf and Ornamental Grass), and Other Major Crops). The report offers market sizing in terms of values in USD million.

Plant Growth Regulators
Grains and Cereals
Oil seeds
Fruits and Vegetables
Turf and Ornamnetal Grass
Other Major Crops
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South Africa Agrochemical Market Research FAQs

The South Africa Agrochemicals Market size is expected to reach USD 1.27 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 3.9% to reach USD 1.53 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the South Africa Agrochemicals Market size is expected to reach USD 1.27 billion.

Sasol Limited , OCP Group, Yara International ASA, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) and K+S AG are the major companies operating in the South Africa Agrochemicals Market.

In 2023, the South Africa Agrochemicals Market size was estimated at USD 1.22 billion. The report covers the South Africa Agrochemicals Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the South Africa Agrochemicals Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Agrochemical Companies in South Africa Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)