Growing Occurrence of Post-Harvest Losses Driving the Growth of the Agricultural Fumigants Market
Posted: Jul 19, 2021
The overall agricultural fumigants market is projected to grow from USD 2.2 billion in 2021 to USD 2.7 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 4.2%.
The rise in the popularity of agricultural fumigants can be attributed to the increasing infestation of pests & insects in warehouses and other crop storage rooms due to biotic and abiotic factors, awareness about crop protection chemicals, and urbanization in developing markets.
Markets such as China and India are among the key markets targeted by agricultural fumigants service providers due to occurrence of the post-harvest losses every year, causing loss to the farmers and other stakeholders involved. These factors are leading to the adoption of agricultural fumigants services in the region.
Reduction of post-harvest food losses is a critical component for ensuring food security. Post-harvest losses arise from freshly harvested agricultural produce undergoing changes during handling. Post-harvest losses can be avoided by undertaking fumigation for pest prevention. For example, the decay of citrus post-harvest is controlled by ammonia gas fumigation.
Post-harvest green mold and blue mold, caused by Penicillium digitatum and Penicillium italicum, respectively, are effectively controlled by ammonia gas fumigation of lemons and oranges. Thus, fumigation technology helps in preventing post-harvest losses to maintain the quality of agricultural commodities. In addition, fumigation helps in the thorough cleaning of storage areas, silos, or warehouses. This is employed as a further preventative method in pre-harvest cleaning for the storage of grains.
Increasing tolerance of pests toward methyl bromide fumigation, followed by its phasing out, has resulted in the adoption of suitable alternatives for methyl bromide for the management of stored products and to quarantine pests. The alternatives for methyl bromide fumigant include phosphine, sulfuryl fluoride, carbonyl sulfide, ethyl formate, hydrogen cyanide, carbon disulfide, methyl iodide, and methyl isothiocyanate. Hence, manufacturers are focusing on new product developments by investing in R&D activities for active ingredients that can inhibit resistant insects by using these alternative fumigants.
The Asia Pacific agricultural fumigants market is projected to be the largest between 2021 and 2026, while the Asia Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR. Asia Pacific was the largest consumer of agricultural fumigants in 2020, mainly because of the conducive climatic conditions, there is high outbreak of pest and insects witnessed in warehouses and other storage places. In order to prevent post-harvest losses, farmers opt for agricultural fumigants to obtain profits.
The key service providers in this market include BASF SE (Germany), Syngenta (Switzerland), ADAMA (Israel), ARKEMA (Germany), Nufarm (Australia), Solvay (Belgium), Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (Belgium), SGS SA (Switzerland), UPL (India), AMVAC (US), Trinity Manufacturing, Inc. (Germany), Douglas products (US), Intertek (UK), Nippon Chemical Industrial Co., LTD. (Japan), and MustGrow Biologics, Inc (Canada).
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