Agricultural surfactants are emerging as highly active and efficient components in agricultural practices. The high incidence of environmental hazards and soil contamination from excessive application of chemical-based products on crops is expected to be a prominent driver for the increasing demand of bio-based surfactants. The increasing focus on sustainability is also fostering the demand for agricultural surfactants in conventional agricultural practices as part of integrated crop management.
The growing pressure on the agricultural sector to increase production is promoting the need for novel technologies and fertilizer solutions, which in turn is influencing the demand for biostimulants. The use of such technologies and solutions benefits farmers by optimizing their investments with the added benefit of reducing environmental impacts. Moreover, non-toxicity and low ecological footprint are among key drivers for the growth of the bio-based agricultural surfactants market.
Geographically, the agricultural surfactants market has been segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
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The Asia Pacific agricultural surfactants market is expected to register significant growth, owing to population growth in countries such as China and India, which has been contributing to a decline in fertile agricultural land and a need for improved agricultural yield.
After Asia Pacific, the North America agricultural surfactants market is slated to witness substantial growth, owing to the growing demand for agro-commodities and high yield crops. Population growth and the subsequent increase in the demand for food have necessitated improvements in soil productivity, which in turn is surging the demand for agricultural surfactants and fostering market growth. Technological advancements in the agricultural sector have been influential in driving the growth for the fertilizer industry. Innovations in crop genetics, fertilizers, equipment, and farm organizations have enabled continuing output growth while using much less labor and farmland. Furthermore, government institutions such as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have drafted initiatives and rules to promote agriculture, which has simultaneously accelerated the demand for fertilizers.
Europe is pegged to be a lucrative region for the agricultural surfactants market, owing to changing consumer preferences towards healthy eating. Growing consumer awareness about fertilizers is further bolstering demand for high-quality products and fostering market growth. The expanding vegan population is also providing impetus to the agriculture sector and in turn, augmenting the demand for agricultural surfactants.
The LAMEA region is expected to witness steady growth in the agricultural surfactants market, owing to the increasing need for food crop production in the Middle East and Africa and extensive use of cationic surfactants in consumer and industrial cleaning in Latin America.
The global agricultural surfactants market can be segmented by type, application, and substrate type.
On the basis of type, the market can be segmented into non-ionic, anionic, cationic, and amphoteric. The non-ionic segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, owing to the increasing use of these surfactants in soap and detergent industries. Rising awareness regarding hygiene and cleanliness in various sectors such as product manufacturing, food processing, hospitality, and others is fostering the growth of the non-ionic surfactants market. Additionally, innovation and product development to better meet consumer demand are also driving market growth. For instance, the launch of anti-allergic soaps with natural ingredients, suitable for sensitive skin has expanded application areas for non-ionic surfactants.
Based on application, the agricultural surfactants market can be segmented into herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and others. Agricultural surfactants are witnessing strong demand from fungicides as they help prevent fungal diseases in plants. Fungicides comprise highly active ingredients such as mancozeb, prochloraz, propicanazole, and others, and the selection of the fungicide varies with the crop type. Increasing crop losses with changing farming techniques and high incidence of fungal diseases are prominent drivers for the fungicides segment.
On the basis of substrate type, the market can be segmented into synthetic and bio-based. Synthetic agricultural surfactants are derived from petroleum-based products; the synthetic segment is expected to account for a prominent market share during the forecast period. A vast number of agricultural surfactants available in the market are synthetic. The biobased segment is also expected to witness substantial growth as these surfactants reduce tension, promote foaming, and stabilize emulsion. Additionally, growing consumer interest in bio-surfactants, owing to their environment-friendly nature, large-scale production capability, and efficient performance under extreme conditions are contributing to the increasing use of these surfactants in agricultural activities.
Agricultural Surfactants Market Segmentation