The global agricultural microbials market is estimated to be valued at USD 6.0 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 11.6 billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 14.1%. The market has high growth potential in emerging markets, such as Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America, as these regions are backed by an expanding population base leading to an increased demand for agriculture crops in the region. Countries such as China and India are expected to be key revenue generators since these countries are among the leading producers of crops such as rice and wheat at a global level. Apart from this, in South America, Brazil is ranked among the leading producers of crops such as sugarcane, corn, and soybean. These countries are expected to create a lucrative opportunity for agricultural microbial manufacturers in the years to come.
By type, the bacteria segment is projected to dominate the segment in the market during the forecast period.
The bacteria segment is estimated to account for the largest market share, with USD 8.7 billion by 2025. There are around 1,408,525 strains of bacteria successfully registered. They are the largest class of microorganism strains that have been registered and are used for various industrial purposes. Bacterial strains have been most successfully isolated and used for cultivation purposes compared to all the other microorganisms, and form 43.5% of all the microorganism strains registered globally. The application of bacteria in agriculture has increased in terms of biofertilizers and biopesticides, as these sustainably provide higher and healthy yields. Their benefits in achieving a holistic plant growth in cultivation increase their usage in the market.
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By crop type, the fruits and vegetables segment is projected to be the fastest-growing segment in the market during the forecast period.
The fruits vegetables segment is projected to account for the largest market share of USD 1.3 billion by 2025. The rapidly shifting focus on the consumption of fruits and vegetables in the population to achieve optimum nutrition is driving the market. There has also been a rise in the production quantities of fruits and vegetables across the globe. The rising per capita incomes of the population in the developed and developing countries also drive the demand for naturally produced foods.
The increasing demand for horticultural crops in the North American region is driving the growth of the market.
North America is projected to have the largest share of USD 4.0 billion in 2025. The region is experiencing high growth in organic farming practices, farm conversions from conventional to organic, and development of newer biological solutions through research. The increasing growth of high-value crops and rising awareness among farmers about the environmental benefits of microbial solutions are expected to provide more scope for agricultural microbials market expansion. Populations in this region also are becoming more concerned regarding food safety and quality; thus, the governments have to invest more so that they meet these needs of the population, which tends to increase the demand for microbial solutions in the region.
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Key Market Players
Key players in this market include BASF SE (Germany), Bayer CropScience (Germany), Sumitomo Chemicals Company Ltd. (Japan), Monsanto Company (US), Corteva (US), Syngenta AG (Switzerland), Certis USA LLC (US), and CHR. Hansen Holdings (Denmark). These major players in this market are focusing on increasing their presence through expansions investments, mergers acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and agreements. They show a strong presence in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, and have manufacturing facilities, along with strong distribution networks across these regions.
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