As of 2016, the rice seed treatment market of South America was expected to register a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. Brazil is the biggest South American market for seed treatment in rice, evaluated to represent 46.1% in 2015.
Numerous seed treatment methods are being utilized in various field crops, including rice, to enhance seedling conditions under typical and upsetting conditions. Essential necessities of seed treatment incorporate capacity of offering good protection, supporting early plant advancement, and improving quality of seed at the beginning period. These can be accomplished by improving the nature of seed treatment products that offer simplicity of utilization at low rates.
Earlier, even though rice productivity was affected by various fungi and bacterial infections in the earlier stages of germinations, the chemical seed treatments were barely used. However, due to increasing presence of pests in the soil and other insecticides affecting productivity, even the governments are encouraging seed treatments resulting in increased awareness of the benefits of seed treatments among the farmers. With the latest studies showcasing a rise up to 50% in rice productivity, due to the application of appropriate seed treatment technologies and production systems, there is also an increasing interest toward seed treatment of farmers in the region.
There is increasing consciousness, all across the region, regarding the negative impacts on human and animal life forms and on environment, due to excessive soil and foliar applications for improving crop productivity and combat crop diseases. Further, like in the case with pesticides, many seed treatments may have substantial crop rotation restrictions. Improper handling of the treatment procedures could also lead to the accidental exposure to humans, causing various health hazards. There is also fear of possible contamination of food supply due to the accidental mixing of treated and untreated seeds. However, with many developing nations lacking proper storage technologies, scientific seed treatment facilities, and strict governmental regulations, there are increased possibilities for contamination of the environment and health hazards to life forms.
Major Players: Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd, Advanced Biological Marketing Inc., BASF SE, and DowDuPont, among others.
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