Seed Treatment Market – The Dark Horse of Modern Agriculture


Unbeknown to the common eye the seed treatment market has been quietly creeping up the ranks. While traditional markets like pesticides and fertilizers are gaining momentum due to the agricultural problems the world faces, the niche market of seed treatment has also been quietly gaining value. The main drivers for the market are the limited shelf life of seeds, environmental concerns and the inability of farmers to balance the cost and effectiveness. There are also some health benefits associated with biological seed treatment procedures making it an attractive market for people who come from a greener way of life. The global market is expected to show significant growth in the forecast years at a CAGR of over 11% which is also expected to cross into double figures in a decade, both in terms of growth rate and market value.

The opportunities offered by the segment are various, with companies striving to adopt various strategies such as mergers, acquisitions and alliances for better product innovations and developments.  Partnerships, expansion plans and collaborations with smaller market players are an important part of this industry.

The Bayer name is the one that is most associated with seed treatments. Its recent ventures include opening a SeedGrowth Centre in the agricultural region of Vietnam, and making the baby steps for a new biologically engineered crop in another facility in Germany. It’s most recent noteworthy acquisition was that of Argentinian company, Biagro Group. Although it is argued that there is no clear global leader, two companies namely Syngenta and afore mentioned Bayer have a combined market share of more than half the global total. Looking at the top 4 companies, the market shares rises to 80%. It is a given fact that almost all companies have good growth rates, but the fact remains that BASF, Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta dominate the market in terms of total revenue generated.  Other smaller market players are Valent USA, Bio Works and Advanced Biological Marketing. All the companies big and small have their own customized approach for future growth.

The achievements of the smaller companies include BioWorks introducing PERPose Plus which is an Organic Algaecide and Fungicide and the approval for the Bio Pesticide Distribution Agreement in the North American region. It signed the agreement with AEF global during the winter of 2012. It also launched a bio fungicide called CEASE in the Canadian market during fall of 2012. Another step taken by market giant Monsanto was the development of novel chemical formulations that helped farmers tackle pathogens and bugs that had developed resistance to conventional measures. Bayer meanwhile, had turned its attention towards he biological sector. They have been researching and extensively investing in the development of biological crop and seed protection products.

Looking at the global market scenarios, the market is led by the North American region with Europe close behind. Both these regions have low growth rates inspite of having dominant market shares. This can be explained by the fact that both regions are almost fully developed and scope for further development is minimal. Companies like BASF and Bayer are now turning their attention towards Asia Pacific and Latin America where there is prospects of high growth. Another region which has been ignored till now, the African sub-continent is also receiving attention in recent times with companies striving to strengthen their base there with innovation products for the farmers. The field of biological seed treatment is also one that is garnering attention from the major market players and will play an important role in shaping the market in the coming years. All these initiatives will help the market to keep growing while maintaining worldwide competitiveness.

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