South America Seeds Industry - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

South America Seeds Industry is segmented by Seed Type (Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds, GM Seeds, and Varietal Seeds) and Crop Type (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Cotton, Vegetables, and Other Crops).

Market Snapshot

Market overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 7.6 %

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Market Overview

The South American seed market is estimated to register a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period of 2020-2025. The seed industry is the backbone of modern agriculture in South America. Traditionally, the industry was the major contributor to sustainable food production but nowadays with the advancement of the technologies, the industry is contributing to animal feed, bioenergy, and biomaterials production. The seed industry provides the solution to the farmers against various environmental conditions like drought, salinity, disease, and other factors affecting the yield and production of various crops. In the future, the seed companies will continue to invest in techniques like genetic engineering, market-assisted breeding along with traditional breeding for improvement of existing traits and development of novel traits.   

Scope of the report

In this report, the market has been broadly segmented into non-GM/hybrid seeds, GM seeds, and varietal seeds. GM seeds are further divided by trait type into herbicide-tolerant seeds, insect-resistant seeds, abiotic stress-resistant seeds, and other seeds with stacked traits. By crop type, the industry is segmented into grains and cereals (maize, rice, wheat, and sorghum), oilseeds (soybean, sunflower, cotton, canola, and rapeseed), vegetables (Solanaceae, cucurbit, root and bulbs, brassica and others) and other seeds. Grains and oilseeds form the largest segment of the market, where maize holds the largest share among grains and soybean holds the largest share among oilseeds. 

Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds
GM Seeds
Varietal Seeds
Crop Type
Grains and Cereals
Other Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Other Oilseeds
Cotton and Vegetables
Roots and Bulbs
Other Vegetables
Other Crops
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Increased Revenue Generation in Seed Sector

By crop type, the South American seed industry is segmented into grains and cereals (maize, rice, wheat, and sorghum), oilseeds (soybean, sunflower, cotton, canola, and rapeseed), vegetables (Solanaceae, cucurbit, root and bulbs, brassica and others) and other seeds. Grains and oilseeds form the largest segment of the market, where maize has the largest seed market among grains, and soybean has the largest share among oilseeds. The oilseed sector generated revenue of 2,541.5 million USD in 2019, an increase by 45.72% from 2016. The revenues generated by cereals/grains, fruits and vegetables, and other seeds were USD 4,143.0 million, 510.8 million USD, and 311.0 million USD, respectively (an increase by 42.96%,46.83%, 34.39% increased from 2016).

Crop wise Revenue Generated during 2019 ($million)

Increasing Awareness Among Farmers in South America

The global population is increasing by 75 million people each year. South America's population accounts for 5.53% of the total world population with a 0.88% to 1% increase annually. Brazil accounts for 2.73% of the total global population. This factor is expected to boost the demand for food and with limited arable land. There is a huge opportunity for the high yield seeds market. The increasing awareness among farmers concerning the benefits of high-quality seed is also helping to create an ideal market for good seeds.

Population of South America during the Forecast period 2016-2020

Competitive Landscape

The structure of the seed industries of Brazil and Argentina is fairly similar to that of the US. The industry seems consolidated and, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, and Syngenta are the top three companies. However, there are still 50-60% of small groups in the soybean market and more concentration is expected in the future. Other than the aforementioned companies, Groupe Limagrain, Land ‘O Lakes, KWS AG, Bayer Crop Science, Sakata, Takii, DLF-Trifolium, and Dow AgroSciences are the leading players of the sector.  

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's 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 Product

      1. 5.1.1 Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds

      2. 5.1.2 GM Seeds

      3. 5.1.3 Varietal Seeds

    2. 5.2 Crop Type

      1. 5.2.1 Grains and Cereals

        1. Maize

        2. Rice

        3. Wheat

        4. Sorghum

        5. Other Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.2.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

        1. Soybean

        2. Sunflower

        3. Canola

        4. Pulses

        5. Other Oilseeds

      3. 5.2.3 Cotton and Vegetables

        1. Solanaceae

        2. Cucurbit

        3. Roots and Bulbs

        4. Brassica

        5. Other Vegetables

      4. 5.2.4 Other Crops

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentila

        3. Uruguay

        4. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bayer AG

      2. 6.3.2 DuPont (Pioneer)

      3. 6.3.3 Syngenta

      4. 6.3.4 Groupe Limagrain

      5. 6.3.5 Land ‘O Lakes

      6. 6.3.6 KWS AG

      7. 6.3.7 Bayer Crop Science

      8. 6.3.8 Sakata

      9. 6.3.9 Takii

      10. 6.3.10 Advanta

      11. 6.3.11 Bioseed

      12. 6.3.12 DLF-Trifolium


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Seeds Industry market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Seeds Industry is growing at a CAGR of 7.6% over the next 5 years.

KWS AG, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta , Groupe Limagrain are the major companies operating in Seeds Industry.

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