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The global agro textiles market size was USD 9,612.8 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 13,458.7 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period.
Agro textiles are textile materials utilized in the agricultural field. The continuous increase in population globally is putting stress on crops. This has led to the use of manmade fiber products for agricultural fields than natural fibers primarily due to the favorable price-performance ratio, ease of transport, storage, and long service life.
The types of agro textile products used include capillary mats for a greenhouse, netting products, shade cloth fabrics, crop covers, harvesting fabrics, harvesting net, landscaping fabrics, crop protection, and others. These textiles play a major role in providing the crops with a controlled environment, protection from weathering, frequent climate change, and offer optimum conditions for plant growth. Their properties include high tensile strength, protection from solar radiation, biodegradability, abrasion resistance, potential to retain water, and resistance to microorganisms.
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The durability of Agro Textile Products and Their Sustainability to Lead the Market Growth
Agro textiles are used in farming, horticulture, and animal husbandry. They are used to control the hazardous effects of the environment and climate on crop production, protecting the crop not only from external factors but also improving the overall crop yield. The rapid growth in population is surging the demand for food supply, which is resulting in the expansion of crop production.
Changing consumer lifestyles and rapid urbanization is causing demand for organic and quality products. Therefore, to fulfill these demands, high-quality textile products are used in the agriculture sector. The setting up of agro textile infrastructure is an expensive process, as the products have high tensile strength, resistance to heat, and other properties. Various types of polymers are used with properties such as easy processability, environmental resistance, and constructive lightness. Growing demand for sustainable fabrics that work for a longer period and provide great functionality is supporting agro textiles market growth.
Growing Demand From The Agriculture Industry To Drive The Market Growth
Increasing the output of the agriculture industry is supporting the growth of this market. Income growth in developed countries such as the U.S. and Germany, and developing countries such as India, China, and Mexico has accelerated a dietary transition to higher consumption of fruits and vegetables, meat, which has led to corresponding pressure on output and natural resources. A significant extension in the use of water, land, and other resources for agricultural purposes is supporting the high demand for food from the consumers.
Moreover, change in the lifestyle of consumers is driving demand for organic, dietary, and natural foods. These demands have surged the use of these textiles for greater crop yielding and good quality food. Urbanization and climate change have affected crop growth, causing farmers to adopt new textile technologies to improve the yield and to fulfill consumers' demand for food. Governments are focusing on increasing agricultural productivity, improve integration, and encourage innovation in supply chains towards achieving a sustainable global food balance. This has led to high growth in crop production to support the growing food demand, which in turn is leading the growth of this market.
Innovations in the Agro-textiles Industry is Driving the Market Growth
Growing innovations in advanced materials, greenhouses, and crop covers industries, also being used for irrigating gardens and landscapes, shall augment the industry growth. Hydrating tubes with micropores in the tube are designed to efficiently water the plants, which is then buried under the soil layer for a continuous supply of water. Polypropylene shade nets are treated with additives and pigments to help in providing effective protection from weathering, sun, and hail.
Advanced knitting is done on the fabrics to provide different degrees of shades according to the plant’s requirement. Some advanced nets are also used to reduce the harvest time and improve handleability, maintenance cost, and lower the irrigation cost. The aforementioned technologies adopted by farmers as well as producers to improve the crop yield are supporting this market expansion.
Fluctuating Raw Material Prices Shall Hinder Market Growth
The restraining factor affecting the growth of the global market is the fluctuating prices of raw materials. The raw materials include polymers, used for making nets such as BOPET, and PET. Prices of these materials are volatile as they are based on their trading performance on various stock exchanges. This volatility in the prices can lead to high manufacturing costs. Furthermore, very little awareness about agro textiles among various farmers and producers is affecting the market, along with the high investment required for setting up units for these materials. Rising governmental regulations on the use of polymers may risk the market growth. All the above factors together are limiting the growth of this market.
Fishing Nets to Gain Impetus during the Forecast Period
Based on product, the market is segmented into shade nets, mulch nets, fishing nets, anti-hail & bird protection, and others. Among these, fishing nets is the largest segment due to prominent growth in the fishing industry led by the increasing demand for fish. These factors can be attributed to the increasing application of fish in the extraction of oil, food, and skincare products. The shade nets segment is expected to show significant growth due to agricultural business.
Moreover, mulch nets provide protection to plants by acting as a blanket structure and enhance plant growth by retaining moisture and moderating soil temperature. Rising demand for high crop yields is surging the demand for mulch nets. Also, high-value crops are environmentally sensitive, and cold weather conditions can destroy the crop, as well as many birds and animals can damage the crop by eating it. Anti-hail & bird protection nets provide high isolation while also providing ventilation and protecting the crops from damage. All the above factors are expected to drive this market.
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Aquaculture to Dominate the Market during the Forecast Period
Based on application, the agro textiles market is segmented into agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture & floriculture, and others. The aquaculture segment dominated the market in 2019 and is likely to continue its dominance during the forecast period due to growth in the fishing industry.
Aquatic plants such as seaweeds are an important part of aquaculture as they provide nutrition and vitamins. There has been a decline in the market presently due to coronavirus outbreak that has affected the aquaculture market as consumption of aquatic animals has decreased abruptly, causing a high economic loss and decline in the market.
The agriculture sector is expected to show a favorable growth rate during the forecast period on account of high population growth. These textiles are used in preventing soil erosion and improving crop yield, owing to increasing demand for food from the consumers. The growth of the market is affected due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and is expected to show a slight decline in the agricultural sector. Horticulture & floriculture segment having significance in biotechnology is also expected to positively affect market growth.
Asia Pacific Agro Textiles Market Size, 2019 (USD Million)
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The market size in Asia-Pacific stood at USD 3,302.9 million in 2019. Asia-Pacific is the largest market and expected to show substantial growth owing to large scale demand from the growing economies of China and India. Moreover, China is the major consumer due to large amount of usage of these textiles in its agriculture and aquaculture sectors. These applications include the use of nets, mulches, and storage bags for the protection of crops and aquatic creatures.
The market share in North America is expected to make substantial gains during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the increasing domestic consumption and aquaculture farming for shell meats, fish oils, and others in the region. Favorable governmental regulations over aquaculture policies shall further propel the demand for these textiles considerably.
The Europe agro textile market is mature and is anticipated to show moderate growth during the forecast period. Regional growth can be associated with expanding agriculture industry. Governmental regulations regarding the usage of polymers for the production of textiles products and shift towards bio-based textiles for agricultural textiles is considerably boosted the market growth.
The market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is in the growth stage of the life cycle and, thus, shall gain market share during the forecast period. Weather conditions in these regions require agro textiles usage for improving the overall crop yield, which in turn supports the growth in these regions. Moreover, the easy availability of raw materials will further show more attractive growth during the forecast period.
Key Players are Forming Growth Strategies to Maintain Their Dominance in the Market
This market is fragmented and competitive. The key players in the market such as Daitex, Belton, and SRF Limited are using several strategies such as acquisition & mergers, partnerships, and investment & divestment, fueling industry growth. Furthermore, large- and medium-scale companies are offering highly improved product type portfolios and customer services. This trend is projected to positively impact the global market during the forecast period.
January 2020– Diatex presented in the world’s leading trade fair IPM ESSEN 2020 for horticulture that took place in Germany. The company will present a tailor-made plant protection system and other crop field protection products at the IPM ESSEN 2020.
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The global agro textiles market report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, products, and leading applications of the product.
Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.
Value (USD Million) and Volume (Kilo Tons)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 9,612.8 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 13,458.7 million by 2027.
In 2019, the market value stood at USD 9,612.8 million.
Growing at a CAGR of 5.2%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).
The aquaculture segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Increasing demand from the fishing industry is the most critical factor driving the global market.
Asia-Pacific held the highest market share in 2019.
Development in aquaculture textiles is expected to drive the adoption of theseagro textiles.
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