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Grain Fumigation Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Phosphine, Methyl Bromide, Methyl Iodide, Chloropicrin, 1, 3 – Dichloropropene, Others), By Application (Climacteric Fruits, Non-climacteric Fruits), By Application (Warehouse, Soil), By Form (Solid, Liquid, Gas) and Regional Forecast, 2022-2029

Region : Global | Report ID: FBI103187 | Status : Ongoing



Food grain shortage is a challenge encountered by growers and other stakeholders. The causes include low productivity, diseases, pests, and climate change. Food grain spoilage caused due to insects, rodents, cockroaches, and others pose a significant threat to food security. Therefore, the demand for grain fumigants is expected to increase at a faster pace in forthcoming years.

Grain fumigation is considered as effective and quick solution to control spoilage of stored grain caused due to pests. The concept of zero tolerance of insect-pests in food commodities has predicted to boost the use of grain fumigants in forthcoming years. The prominent companies operating in the global grain fumigation market are engaged in base expansions and mergers & acquisitions activities to increase their footprint in the global grain fumigation market.  

The increasing post-harvest losses of food grain due to various pests, rodents, cockroaches, and others is expected to boost the demand for grain fumigation in forthcoming years. Grain fumigation is usually a quick-acting process that can result in the total eradication of the pest. If the pests are already inside the grain mass, no dust or sprays can easily reach them. In such conditions fumigation is extensively used to get rid of pests from grain mass. Grain fumigation may take place at a soil or storage facility, or it may occur in a grain carrier, such as a truck or railway. The gaseous form of grain fumigants can easily diffuse through every part of the commodity or structure being treated and can reach insects that couldn't be reached with other pest-control techniques or materials which is expected to increase the demand for gas form of the grain fumigants. Furthermore, environmental circumstances can be wisely monitored and controlled in chamber fumigation therefore it is considered as one of the best methods for fumigating many materials. The usage of a vacuum chamber can allow only small amounts of goods to be fumigated at a time due to the limited size of the chamber. Nonetheless, the limited space can be an advantage, as the fumigant is confined, it saves the time it takes to fumigate and the amount of fumigant used. The advantage to wisely control environmental circumstances in a chamber also permits fumigation to be used to control pests on delicate food commodities such as grains, fruits, vegetables, and many others without damage.

Key Market Driver -

Increasing Post-harvest Losses of Food Grain

Key Market Restraint -

Strict rules Regarding the Commercial Application of Grain Fumigants

Grain fumigation is a proficient job but some pest control companies lack workers with a relevant skillset which is expected to hamper the market growth. Moreover, the region-specific rules and regulation regarding the commercial use of grain fumigation is predicted to restrain market growth. 

Key Players Covered:

The prominent players operating in the global grain fumigation market are BASF SE, UPL Group, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience, ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd. Cytec Solvay Group, Reddick Fumigants, LLC, Lanxess, Industrial Fumigation Company LLC, Reddick Fumigants, LLC, and Others.

Phosphine is the most common fumigant used on stored grain worldwide. It is widely available in gas and solid form which makes it very easy to handle even by the inexperienced person which is expected to increase the sale of phosphine. Phosphine is exclusively used in an enclosed situation for killing stored gain insect-pests. Methyl bromide is widely used in agriculture as a soil fumigant to control fungi, weeds, nematodes, and insects as it can readily penetrate in any material. Moreover, methyl iodide is also used as a pre-plant soil fumigant for the control of a broad range of organisms including fungi and nematodes.

The warehouse application of the grain fumigation is anticipated to hold a prominent share in the global market of grain fumigation. The gradually rising cultivation of grain, increasing the number of warehouses and grain storage silos is anticipated to boost the demand for grain fumigants to avoid post-harvest losses of grain. Solid form of the fumigation products is anticipated to witness significant growth in the global grain fumigation market. The solid form of the grain fumigants contains the usage of powder and pellets to control insects, rodents, and other pests. It is the safest form to use due to its ease of sprinkling. The solid form of grain fumigants is also considered comparatively nontoxic for the environment which is expected to increase the sale of solid form of the grain fumigants. Moreover, liquid form includes soluble products used to eliminate insects, molds, and pests. The liquid is usually sprayed over the preferred land area using sprayers. The ease of application offered by liquid grain fumigants is predicted to positively impact the sale of the liquid grain fumigants.

Regional Analysis:

Asia Pacific is predicted to witness robust growth in the global market of grain fumigation. The increasing food grain damage and declining food production because of insect, rodents, cockroaches, and other pest is expected to leverage the grain fumigation products market positively. For instance, according to the World Bank Report, post-harvest food grains losses in India amount to 12 to 16 million metric tons per year. Moreover, the rising awareness regarding the benefit of grain fumigation as a crop protection practice coupled with the increasing availability of fumigant products in the region is expected to drive the market within the region.

North America is predicted to hold a prominent share in the global market of grain fumigation. The increasing demand for sustainable agriculture products coupled with the higher efficiency of grain fumigants in terms of application are predicted to drive the market within North America. Furthermore, the presence of prominent market players such as Dow Chemicals, American Vanguard, and others in the region is expected to further propel the market growth.

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By Type

  • Phosphine

  • Methyl Bromide

  • Methyl Iodide

  • Chloropicrin

  • 1, 3 - Dichloropropene

  • Others

By Application

  • Warehouse

  • Soil

By Form

  • Solid

  • Liquid

  • Gas

By Geography

  • North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

  • Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, U.K., Russia, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of South America)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, UAE, and Rest of ME&A)

Key Industry Developments:

  • In December 2017, Ecolab signed an agreement to acquire three U.S. pest control businesses that offer particular services in food storage commodities. The acquired companies are Research Fumigation Company, LLC. Food Protection Services LLC (FPS), and Royal Pest Solutions, Inc. This acquisition is expected to help Ecolab to expend their consumer base in the U.S.

  • In July 2015, Douglas Products announced the complete acquisition of the Vikane and Profume gas fumigant business from Dow AgroSciences. This acquisition is expected to help Douglas Products to expand its product range of grain fumigants.

  • Ongoing
  • 2021
  • 2018-2020


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