Soil Conditioners Market

New Revenue Pockets: Demand from the South American Region Expected to Drive the Growth of the Soil Conditioners Market

The global soil conditioners market is estimated to be valued at USD 1.7 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 2.5 billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 8.3%. The market has high growth potential in emerging markets, such as Asia Pacific, South America, and Rest of the World (RoW), 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 soil conditioner manufacturers in the years to come.

By type, the soil conditioners market is segmented into surfactants, gypsum, super absorbent polymers, and other types. The surfactant type accounted for a larger share during the forecast period. Surfactants are chemical substances that increase the function of penetration of an agrochemical by lowering its surface tension. They are also termed as soil wetting agents. The increased demand for crops in developing countries such as India, China, and Brazil is expected to drive demand for surfactants in the years to come. These countries are key producers of various crops, and with the rise in population, the demand for crops is only expected to increase in the years to come.

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On the basis of soil type, the soil conditioners market is segmented into sand, clay, silt, and loam. Loamy soil finds its applications in gardening and agricultural purposes, owing to its water-retention capacity. This soil is suitable for most crops and vegetables. It has a high calcium content and a high aeration capacity. It is widely available across regions, due to which this segment is projected to be growing at a faster rate during the forecast period.

Based on formulation, the soil conditioners market is segmented into dry and liquid. The liquid segment is projected to witness faster growth during the forecast period. The liquid forms are applied on a volume basis rather than a weight basis. The liquid form provides various options for crop growers to mix soil conditioners with insecticides, fungicides, or adjuvants. Compared to the dry form, little quantity of liquid soil conditioners is enough to cover larger crop areas, making it a preferable choice among farmers.

By crop type, the soil conditioners market is segmented into cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, fruits & vegetables, and other crop types. The fruits & vegetables segment is projected to witness a faster growth during the forecast period. According to the FAO, in 2017-18, India was the second-largest producer of fruits & vegetables at a global level, accounting for a share of 8.6% of the total global production. Thus, the country is expected to be one of the key revenue generators for soil conditioner manufacturers in the years to come.

The market in South America is projected to drive market growth during the forecast period, in terms of value. South American countries have agricultural hubs such as Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, which contribute to the major farm outputs in the region. Brazil is the largest producer of soybean in the region as well at a global level. It is also the largest producer of other crops such as sugarcane and other key crops at a global level. The farmers in the region have largely adopted the use of liquid soil conditioners and wetting agents, as they are easy to apply, do not require much labor, and increase the yield. The availability of arable land and the expansion of farmlands, especially in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, promise the growth of this market. Moreover, the need to improve the per hectare crop yield is another opportunity for the growth of the soil conditioners market in South America.

Key players such as BASF (Germany) and UPL (India) in the soil conditioners market are focusing on new product launches and acquisitions to expand their global footprint.      

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Soil Conditioners Market by Type (Surfactants, Gypsum, Super Absorbent Polymers, and Others), Application (Agriculture, Construction & Mining, and Others), Formulation (Liquid and Dry), Crop Type, Soil Type, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025

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