Soil testing, inspection, and certification are important to optimize crop yield, to protect the environment from contamination, and to improve the nutritional balance by applying only the required amount of fertilizer. Pre-plant soil analysis provides information regarding potential nutrient deficiencies, pH imbalance or excess soluble salts. Soil testing during the growing season of crops helps in managing crop nutrition and soluble salts levels. These factors are pervasive around the world as per their geographical conditions which will drive the soil testing, inspection and certification market to maintain the environmental sustainability on a long-term basis.
Global soil testing, inspection, and certification market are segmented into type and applications.
Based on the type, the soil testing, inspection, and certification market are segmented into contamination, quality and pH value. Contamination type of soil testing is likely to grow at highest CAGR during the forecast period–2026.
On the basis of applications, the rapid prototyping service market can be segmented into agriculture, landscape contractors, golf courses, gardens and lawns, and others. Golf Courses will witness high growth rate during the forecast period. Due to increasing disposable income and rising investment in infrastructure in developing countries, there will be subsequent rise in golf fields.
Increasing number of golf courses with high maintenance of the field makes it imperative for frequent soil inspections and tests. This will fuel growth of the soil testing and inspection in this segment. The residential segment will witness gradual growth in the coming years, owing to growing awareness regarding soil testing, inspection, and certification services and high investment in infrastructure activities.
The global soil testing, inspection, and certification market are segmented by North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
North America occupies the largest share of soil testing, inspection, and certification market due to the highly commercialized and developed agriculture market in the region. Owing to an increase in awareness of soil testing to achieve high crop productivity and yields, soil testing, inspection, and certification market is likely to witness sustainable growth in Europe region.
Asia Pacific hosts 55% of the world's population. Population density is high – averaging 100 people/sq km – compared to the world average of 14 people/sq km. Since last few years, the region has experienced socio-economic and natural changes impacting agro environments in the region. Rapid economic development and urbanization are changing land management patterns consequentially affecting the status of soil resources in the region. To reduce the immoderate use of fertilizers and restore the fertility of soil, the soil testing, inspection and certification will become the necessity in the region thereby fostering the growth of the market.
According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China, about one-tenth of China's farmland is contaminated with heavy metals. Immoderate use of fertilizers, excessive pesticide residues, unsafe additives, low food hygiene, contamination with heavy metals and other contaminants are the pressing problems in the agriculture sector of China. To overcome these issues, soil testing, inspection, and certification market will become imperative and gain traction during the forecast period.
Europe is one of the prominent regions for the soil testing market, as soil resources in many parts of Europe are being degraded, overexploited, and irreversibly lost due to industrial activities. Furthermore, soil contamination is a widespread problem in Europe, due to 200 years of industrialization. The most common contaminants in the European region are heavy metals and mineral oil. Therefore, there is huge opportunity for the soil testing, inspection, and certification in the European region over the forecast period 2019–2026.
Many Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait are arid and semiarid regions and thus are characterized by limited higher plant cover. In addition, more than 90% of the Arab region of the Middle East lies within arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas (Abahussain et al. 2002).
Some of the key player in the soil testing, inspection and certification market are SGS SA (Switzerland), Intertek Group plc (U.K), Bureau Veritas (France), Yara International ASA (Norway) , ALS Ltd (Australia), AsureQuality Ltd (New Zealand), Exova Group (U.K), SCS Global Services (U.S.), RJ Hills Laboratories (N.Z), Danaher (U.S.), and TUV Nord AG
In December 2017 Bureau Veritas acquired 65% stake in McKenzie Group Pty Ltd the Australian leader in property compliance services.
Soil Testing, Inspection and Certification Market Segmentation