Seed treatments protect seeds from soil-borne pathogenic organisms and storage insects by using biological, physical, and chemical agents and techniques. Various seed treatment options are available in the market such as bactericides, fungicides, and insecticides, which are applied to seeds—corn, wheat, soybean, among others. Additionally, it is also applied to vegetative propagation materials including bulbs, corms, and tubers. Moreover, this treatment offers various advantages during the early planting phase, when the environment is somewhat unfavorable for fast germination and seedling growth.
The seed treatment has number of advantages such as it enhances nodulation in legume crops, this treatment results in early and uniform growth of crop or plants, and it enhances the seed viability.
Based on the segmentation, the crop type segment is estimated to hold the largest market share. Asia Pacific is projected to emerge as the leading region in the global market during the forecast period 2018–2025 on account of growing demand for export quality agricultural products and rising adoption of integrated pesticide management agricultural practices in different countries.
The global seed treatment market is projected to witness rapid growth on account of rising demand from the agriculture sector to prevent seed and soil-born infections & diseases and increasing research and development initiatives to improve yield and seed potential. Additionally, it helps to reduce the germination time. The agriculture industry is witnessing a significant demand for organic vegetables and fruits on account of increasing health awareness and health conscious population.
Seed treatment is one of the cost-effective crop protection solutions, which is likely to fuel the growth in the coming years.
However, high-costs of agro-chemicals and lack of knowledge among the farmers about seed treatment are likely to provide an opportunity to the manufacturers to develop a cost-efficient solution and increase awareness among the farmers by various means such as campaigns. Additionally, the is projected to witness a considerable investment in the R&D to develop an effective solution.
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The global seed treatment market is segmented into treatment type, crop type, function, and region.
On the basis of the treatment type, the market is segmented into insecticide, fungicide, bio-control, and others. Insecticide segment is estimated to dominate the global market owing to the habitat fragmentation, insect prone climate conditions, and high-performance organophosphates.
On the basis of the crop type, the market is segmented into cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, and others. The cereals & grains segment is expected to hold the major market share. Seed treatment is frequently used for high productivity cereals and grains crops—corn and oilseed crops—soybean.
Based on the function, the market is segmented into seed protection and seed enhancement.
By geography, the global seed treatment market is segmented into four regions: Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
Asia Pacific is expected to witness rapid growth owing to strong growth in the agriculture sector of the various countries such as China and India.
North America is estimated to account for a significant market share owing to the increasing agricultural practices in countries such as Canada and Mexico. Various policies set by regulatory agencies to ensure minimum food requirement coupled with rising population are expected to boost the market growth over the forecast period 2018–2025 in North America.
Europe is expected to emerge as the leading region in the global seed treatment market. Denmark is popular for its agriculture and food sectors and is produce food about three times its population. Therefore, it is estimated to boost the market in Europe.
Latin America is expected to witness steady growth in the global market due to limited agricultural activities than the other regions.
Some of the major players involved in the market are Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd (Israel), Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (Japan), BASF SE (Germany), Bayer Cropscience Ag (Germany), Bioworks Inc (U.S.), Syngenta International Ag (Switzerland), Croda Crop Care (U.K), DowDuPont (U.S.), Monsanto Company (U.S.), Verdesian Life Sciences (U.S.), Nufarm Ltd. (Australia), Plant Health Care (U.K), Precision Laboratories LLC (U.S.), Germains Seed Technology (U.K) and Advanced Biological Marketing Inc. (U.S.).
• Product Launch
In June 2018, Timac Agro USA a provider of crop nutritional solutions introduced Fertiactyl ST, which is a liquid seed treatment suitable for any crop started from the seed
• Product Launch and Expansion
In June 2018, Syngenta International Ag announced the introduction of novel seed treatment fungicide SALTRO and to open Seedcare Institute in Australia
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Seed Treatment Market Segmentation
By Treatment Type
By Crop Type
• Cereals & Grains
• Oilseeds & Pulses
• Seed Protection
• Seed Enhancement
o North America
Rest of Europe
o Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of LAMEA
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