South and South-East Asia Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The South and South-East Asia Seeds Market is segmented By Product (Transgenic Hybrids, Non-Transgenic Hybrids, and Open-Pollinated Varieties), By Crop (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Cotton, Vegetables, and Other Crops), in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines and Rest of South and Southeast Asia.

Market Snapshot

Asia seeds market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.3 %

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Market Overview

The South and South-East Asia seeds market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period 2020-2025. Several factors such as improvements in the agricultural sector, seed production, trade, and international agreements, along with the developments in seed technology that have increased the momentum of the industry’s growth. Six countries, namely India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bangladesh are considered as the seed hubs, based on the concentration of production, breeding and processing activities by index companies in these countries, among the Southeast Asian region. The Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds​ segment has been witnessed to dominate the market owing to the increased demand for food over the past years. To meet this growing demand, the enhancement of crop yield has become a necessity.

The major players in the market are Bayer Crop Science SE, Syngenta International AG, Corteva AgriScience, BASF SE, and Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd among others.

Scope of the Report

A seed is the ripened fertilized ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant. For the purpose of this report, seeds have been defined as the seeds for sowing at farmer level. In this report market sizing has been at the farmer level. The report provides an in-depth analysis of various parameters of the seeds market. The market has been segmented based on the type of product, crop, and also based on geography. Also, the study provides an analysis of the seed market in the emerging and established markets across South and Southeast Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, and the Rest of South and Southeast Asia.

Crop Type
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Other Seeds
Product Type
Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds
GM Seeds
Varietal Seeds
Plant Growth Regulators
Rest of South and Southeast Asia

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Adoption of Hybrid Seed and Government Support

The willingness and interest to grow hybrid crops are, to a large extent, governed by government legislation and policy in many of the countries studied. Pakistan is both a producer and importer of hybrid crops and products. The Pakistani seed sector is dependent on two key regulations, the Seed Amendment Act 2015 and the Plant Breeders Rights Act 2018. In 2016, the Pakistan National Assembly adopted a Plant Breeders’ Rights Act to encourage the development of new plant varieties and to protect the rights of breeders of such varieties. The Act provides protection for new plant varieties while at the same time respecting the right of farmers to save, use, exchange, and sell farm-saved seeds. This ensures farmers get access to high-quality hybrid seeds alongside being able to use ingeniously produced ones. The rising import of hybrid seeds is a direct impact of these measures. The National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research banned the import of genetically modified (GM) seeds of maize, owing to health and environmental issues, in 2019. This may act as a driver for the use of hybrid seeds as an alternative to these GM seeds for keeping the yield constant.

South and South-East Asia Seed Market

The Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds​ Segment Dominate the Market

In the South and Southeast Asian region, the demand for food has increased exponentially over the past years. For the purpose of meeting this demand, enhancement of crop yield has become a necessity by maintaining the safety standards by governments. The Philippines is home to the International Rice Research Institute and is one the most prolific users of hybrid rice seed in the region to meet rising demands. Green Revolution in India has promoted the use of hybrid seeds in India. The fast-growing population in the country has increased the demand for domestically produced hybrid seeds compatible with the climate conditions.

Hybrid rice seeds imported to Pakistan are expensive than that produced locally. The limited landholdings of farmers reduce their ability to purchase these hybrid seeds. The Agricultural Innovation Program launched by the government is expected to increase the adoption of hybrid maize seeds by farmers. This is expected to further increase the domestic hybrid seed production in the country. The use of hybrid seeds has been increasing over the years in the south and southeast Asian region with the increasing global demand for organic products and the need for enhanced crop yield in the region. This continued trend is expected to increase the market for hybrid-non-GMO seeds in the region.

South and South-East Asia Seed Market

Competitive Landscape

South and South-East Asia seed market is fragmented, because of the presence of a large number of local players marketing certified seeds. However, there are segments within the market, which are consolidated such as in maize and vegetables. The major players in the market are Bayer Crop Science SE, Syngenta International AG, Corteva AgriScience, BASF SE, and Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd among others. 

Furthermore, increasing investments in the seed market by prominent companies, are further intensifying the growth of the seed market. For instance, in 2016, Sakata Seed Corporation, a Japan-based company, invested USD 138 million in India, to expand its business operations, which helped in escalating the market share in India. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & 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 Force 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 Crop Type

      1. 5.1.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.1.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.1.3 Cotton

      4. 5.1.4 Vegetables

      5. 5.1.5 Other Seeds

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Non-GM/Hybrid Seeds

      2. 5.2.2 GM Seeds

      3. 5.2.3 Varietal Seeds

      4. 5.2.4 Plant Growth Regulators

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Bangladesh

      2. 5.3.2 Pakistan

      3. 5.3.3 India

      4. 5.3.4 Nepal

      5. 5.3.5 Vietnam

      6. 5.3.6 Indonesia

      7. 5.3.7 Thailand

      8. 5.3.8 Myanmar

      9. 5.3.9 Philippines

      10. 5.3.10 Rest of South and Southeast Asia


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Competitor Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 East-West Seed International Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Bayer Crop Science

      3. 6.3.3 Syngenta AG

      4. 6.3.4 Alamgir Seed Company

      5. 6.3.5 Rallis India Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Advanta Seeds (UPL

      7. 6.3.7 Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 Kaveri Seeds Co. Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Bioseed

      10. 6.3.10 Evogene Seeds


  8. 8. IMPACT OF COVID-19

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Frequently Asked Questions

The South and South-East Asia Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The South and South-East Asia Seed Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.3% over the next 5 years.

Bayer Crop Science AG, Corteva Agriscience, Syngenta, BASF SE, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd are the major companies operating in South and South-East Asia Seed Market.

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