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Crop Protection Chemicals Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis By Product Type (Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides), Origin (Synthetic Chemicals, Bio-based) and Regional Forecast 2018-2025

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The global crop protection chemicals market size was valued at USD 50.62 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 68.82 billion by the end of 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.73% in the forecast year.

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Global crop protection chemicals sales have marginally recovered in 2017 after a consecutive fall in 2015 and 2016. Agrochemical companies were able to achieve a marginal rise in their sales in 2017 despite the negative market sentiments such as adverse weather conditions in Europe, a decline in area under corn crop in the U.S., and reduced occurrence of pest and diseases in key countries of Asia Pacific. High level of crop protection chemicals products inventories in South American countries continued to weigh on the growth of the market in 2017.

The market is highly consolidated with innovator companies accounting for a major share of the market. High level of competition, recent declines in revenues in the sector amid the prerequisite to enhance the efficiency of company operations (in terms of R&D, production, sales, market access, competition, etc.) factors led to the further consolidation of the crop protection chemicals industry wherein the big six companies have altered to big four namely Bayer-Monsanto, BASF, ChemChina-Syngenta, and DowDupont.

Increasing use of crop protection chemicals in developing countries and growing popularity of biological or bio based chemicals product are the key factors that are projected to drive the global crop protection chemicals during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025.

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Industry players have incessant opportunities to develop and launch the new crop protection chemicals considering the diversified demand from the crop producers. The focused areas of research in recent years in the crop protection chemicals industry include the need for the compounds safer than older counterparts and rising demand for new molecules for control of pests that have developed resistance to the older compounds. Other key research and development (R&D) interest areas include - selectivity in their action to control target pests, for lower application rates, broad-spectrum nature to control diverse groups of pests and diseases and meet regulatory mandates of regional and local markets.

Regional Analysis

"Insecticides to Emerge as Most Attractive Product Type due to Growing Demand for Food in Asia Pacific"

Globally, the insecticides segment is forecasted to be the most attractive product type segment in crop protection chemicals during the forecast period. The Asia-pacific crop protection chemicals market is the largest for insecticide products and growing awareness about the use of crop protection chemicals among the small and marginal crop producers in the region is forecasted to support the strong growth of the insecticides segment strongly. The rising area under cultivation of high-value and export-oriented crops is projected to support the growth of the insecticide segment majorly in the Asia Pacific region. 

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Bio-based or biological origin market share accounted for 6.6% in 2017 and is forecasted to witness strong growth due to factors such as the development of pest resistance to the pesticides, stringent regulatory policies, crop yield, and the emergence of start-ups in developing bio-based products (as they require limited investment compared to synthetic chemicals).

Multinational companies are proactively exploring the opportunities in the bio-based segment by adopting strategies such as the acquisition of start-up companies and forming joint ventures to establish their presence in the market.

"Seed treatment mode of application is projected to witness strong growth"

The conventional method of application of crop protection chemicals such as foliar and soil application segments accounts for large crop protection chemicals market share, but seed treatment has emerged as a robust growing method of application of crop protection chemicals for agricultural land in recent years.

The novel traits embedded in newly introduced seed varieties and steeply upward trajectory in the prices of seeds in the recent decades have necessitated farmers to protect the seeds to ensure appropriate germination of seedlings and productivity of the crops. Considering the cost, efficacy, and safety, seed treatments method of application as a better alternative to conventional/traditional pest control methods or can supplement other control measures to achieve satisfactory results in the field.

Key Market Drivers 

Several companies in the agrochemical industry are involved in the R&D to introduce efficient seed treatment products having a combination of two or more active ingredients. Bayer CropScience accounts for a major share in the seed treatment market. Other key players include BASF, Syngenta, Nufarm, UPL, and Sumitomo Chemicals.

Asia Pacific Crop Protection Chemicals Market, 2017

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"Top five players account for major share in the global crop protection chemicals market"

Several companies in the industry are involved in the discovery, development, and launch of crop protection chemical products among which Bayer, Syngenta, BASF SE, and DowDupont are few of the key companies those account for a significant share in the global market. Recent merger and acquisition activities have significantly changed the ranking of the market share of the companies in the industry.


  • Bayer CropScience

  • Syngenta AG

  • BASF

  • DowDupont

  • FMC Corporation

  • Adama Agricultural Solutions

  • Sumitomo Chemicals

  • UPL Ltd.

  • Nufarm

  • Rotam CropScience

  • Other players


Crop protection products are used to reduce the losses caused by the incidence of pest and diseases to an acceptable level. According to the Royal Society of Chemicals, about 800 chemical active ingredients are registered for use in crop protection around the world which are broadly categorized in herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides groups.

The tremendous change in the crop production systems, shift in use of types of crop protection chemicals, increased awareness about field and post-harvest losses and required control measures, and improved infrastructure facilities for post-harvest management of crop production across the world were the key factors that contributed significantly in changing the dynamics of crop protection chemicals industry. Hence, understanding the market dynamics and investing in high-growth revenue pockets are vital components to draft strategies and to maintain sustainable growth in the industry.

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The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the crop protection chemicals industry and detailed analysis of this market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. The market is segmented by type, origin, mode of application, and crop type. On the basis of type, the global crop protection chemicals market report is categorized into herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and others.

Based on the origin, the global crop protection chemicals industry is segmented into synthetic chemicals and bio-based crop protection chemicals. Foliar spray, soil treatment, seed treatment, and others are the mode applications covered in the study. Various crop types included in the report are cereals, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables, and other crops. Geographically, the market is segmented into five major regions, which are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The regions are further categorized into countries.

Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the product launches, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, patent analysis, and key industry trends.




By Type

  • Herbicides

  • Insecticides

  • Fungicides

  • Others

By Origin

  • Synthetic Chemicals

  • Bio-based

By Mode of Application

  • Foliar Spray

  • Soil Treatment

  • Seed Treatment

  • Others

By Crop Type

  • Cereals

  • Oilseeds

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Other Crops

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, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

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

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, Egypt, and Rest of MEA)


  • In May 2019, BASF has launched an innovative fungicide ‘Seltima’ for rice crop in Thailand to support the efficient production of high-quality rice. The agricultural products contain special encapsulation technology to ensure a controlled release of active ingredient directly on the plant leaf surface.

  • In May 2019, Corteva Agriscience received the full registration for both herbicide products Agixa and Baxiga in Rice in Turkey. These products contain an active ingredient Rinskor (florpyrauxifen-benzyl) offers broad spectrum weed control in Rice crop fields

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the crop protection chemicals market was valued at USD 50.62 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 68.82 Billion by 2025.

In 2017, the market was valued at USD 50.62 Billion.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.73% during the forecast period (2018-2025).

Herbicides is the leading segment in the global market.

Increasing use of crop protection chemicals in developing countries and growing popularity of bio-based or biological crop protection chemical products are the key factors driving the market.

Bayer CropScience, Syngenta AG, BASF, DowDupont, FMC Corporation, and Adama Agricultural Solutions are the key active players in the crop protection chemicals market. The key players are constantly focussing on development, discovery, and new crop protection chemicals product launch to expand their global presence.

The Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in the market.

The growing awareness about crop loss and corrective measures to enhance the productivity of the cultivated land is expected to drive the increased adoption of crop protection chemicals.

Herbicides segment was accounted for 41.8% share in the overall global crop protection chemicals market.

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