Agricultural Disinfectants Market size is forecast to reach $2.4 billion by 2025, after growing at a CAGR of 4.2% during 2020-2025, owing to increasing usage of agricultural disinfectants to promote plant as well as animal health. An increase in demand for meat products is further driving the growth of agricultural disinfectants owing to rising pressure on livestock farmers for animal health. With rise in population, the demand for high agricultural productivity is also increasing to satisfy the global demand and consumption of crops. Moreover, water shortage, deterioration of water quality, and environmental constraints are anticipated to further drive the demand for agricultural disinfectants to increase farm productivity.
By Form – Segment Analysis
The liquid segment held the largest share in the agricultural disinfectants market in 2019, owing to its superior characteristics such as convince to use and comparatively cheaper than the other alternatives. Also, the disinfectants in liquid form are easily available and soluble. The liquid form based agricultural disinfectants are being extensively used in the agricultural farms to improve crop productivity and in livestock to improve the disease problems, which are anticipated to drive the liquid-based agricultural disinfectants during the forecast period.
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By Type – Segment Analysis
The quaternary ammonium compounds and phenols segment held the largest share in the agricultural disinfectants market in 2019, owing to their various advantages such as effective, non-toxic, prevents regrowth, supports microbial detachment, non-irritating, non-corrosive, odorless and flavorless. Phenol is being widely used as it has good penetrating power into organic matter and is mainly used for disinfection of equipment or organic materials that are to be destroyed (infected food and excreta) because of its irritant, corrosive properties, and potential systemic toxicity. Also, quaternary ammonium compounds and phenols are easily available and are relatively low priced. All these extensive properties of these types of disinfectants are the key factor anticipated to boost the demand for quaternary ammonium compounds and phenols during the forecast period.
By End-Use Industry – Segment Analysis
The livestock farm held a significant share in the agricultural disinfectants market in 2019 and is growing at a CAGR of 4.5%, owing to the increasing demand for agricultural disinfectants from the Livestock farms. Livestock production premises such as barns, pens for lambing, calving, weaning, and holding animals, always encounter disease problems primarily associated with the housing of new-born and young animals, pregnant animals, and suckling mothers. New-born animals are very vulnerable to disease, as their immune systems are not fully developed. Pregnant animals and suckling mothers are also susceptible due to the demands of a growing fetus or suckling baby. Implementation of farm biosecurity by using agricultural disinfectants excludes pathogenic organisms from the farm environment and serves to safeguard livestock and the human food supply, which is anticipated to drive the agricultural disinfectants market during the forecast period.
By Geography – Segment Analysis
Asia Pacific region held the largest share in the agricultural disinfectants market in 2019 up to 30%, owing to growth in population, increasing per capita income, and rising demand for crop protection products. The governments are spending heavily on initiatives and investments in the field of agriculture as it is an effective way to promote agricultural productivity and enhancing environmental sustainability. In 2016, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, over 1,300 Chinese enterprises had overseas investments in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries valued at $26 billion. According to the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the total quantum of private investment in India will increase (with an added investment of Rs. 78,424 crores) from Rs. 61,000 crore in 2015-16 to Rs. 139,424 crore by 2022-23. In India, under Budget 2019-20, Pradhan Mantri Samman Nidhi Yojana was introduced in which a minimum fixed pension of Rs 3000 (US$ 42.92) is to be provided to the eligible small and marginal farmers, on attaining the age of 60 years. In Japan, digital farming technology has been developed to help experienced farmers to use water and fertilizers more efficiently. Thus, the government initiatives and the increasing demand for agricultural-based products in the Asia Pacific region are anticipated to further drive the agricultural disinfectant market during the forecast period.
Drivers – Agricultural Disinfectants Market
Ban on Antibiotics for Animal Products
Antibiotics are often used to save human and animal lives, but when they are overused they can contribute to the development of resistance. Animals often carry bacteria in their guts which may include antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When animals are butchered and processed for food, the resistant germs in their gut may contaminate meat or other animal products. Thus, various countries have already taken action to reduce the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. For example, in 2006, the European Union has banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion. In 2019, the Indian Ministry of Health prohibited the manufacture, sale, and distribution of the drug colistin and its formulations for the food-producing animal, poultry, aquafarming, and animal feed supplements as they likely involve risk to human beings. Alternative options to using antibiotics for disease prevention in animals include improving hygiene, better use of vaccination, changes in animal housing and husbandry practices, and using agricultural disinfectants, which acts as a driver for the agricultural disinfectants market during the forecasts period.
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Challenges – Agricultural Disinfectants Market
Lack of Awareness among Farmers/Harmful Effects
When used properly, agricultural disinfectants are effective and safe instruments for eliminating viruses and microbes. If not, then they could be dangerous. For example, ethylene oxide is highly flammable and explosive; at times the disinfectants could have dangerous properties that are potentially dangerous to workers. When reacting with other chemicals, agricultural disinfectant generates toxic chemicals. Many of the chemical disinfectants are harmful to workers when the disinfectants are handled unsafely. Certain agricultural disinfectants irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. The highly corrosive disinfectants could inflict serious damage if they come into contact with the skin or eyes. If applied in poorly ventilated areas, the airborne disinfectants would also cause respiratory problems. Disinfectants from alcohol can irritate the injured skin. Inhalation of concentrated alcohol vapor can cause respiratory tract irritation and has effects on the central nervous system. All these health hazards related to the agricultural disinfectants may restrain its market growth.
Covid-19 Impact on The Agricultural Disinfectants Market
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the import and export of agricultural disinfectants have significantly fallen down during the course. There’s been a supply chain disruption in the global and local enterprises which are dealing with manufacturing of agrochemical disinfectants. Also, due to the Covid – 19 outbreak, the production in these sectors are expecting to experience difficulties like untimely deliveries of disinfectants, which is affecting the crop yield. Also the governments banned export and import of certain commodities such as on March 31, 2020, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), banned number of food products, most notably sunflower seeds and soybeans, which would mostly affect Russia, which is a large exporter of sunflower seeds and soybeans. Due to which the agricultural disinfectant market is negatively affected.
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the agricultural disinfectant market. Major players in the agricultural disinfectant market are Zoetis, The Chemours Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Nufarm Limited, Stepan Company, Neogen Corporation, FINK TEC GmbH, Thymox Technology, Entaco NV and Quat-Chem Ltd.
In April 2020, NEOGEN Corporation announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expedited the approval of two additional disinfectants offered by the company – “Synergize and COMPANION” that can be used in the fight against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the livestock farm.
In July 2016, THYMOX launched its FOOTBATH product collection in the Chinese market. THYMOX FOOTBATH® will be distributed by Uniterumen, a Chinese animal health company.
Asia Pacific dominates the agricultural disinfectants market, owing to the increasing agricultural investments by the government in various regions. In May 2019, NABARD announced an investment of Rs 700 crore (US$ 100 million) venture capital fund for equity investments in agriculture and rural-focused start-ups in India.
The emergence of novel techniques for vegetable production in greenhouses and vertical farming, the rapid increase in demand for animal products, growth in the occurrence of disease outbursts among livestock, is anticipated to drive the agricultural disinfectant market during the forecast period.
Disinfectants such as peroxyacetic acid are extensively used in the food industry, where it is applied as a cleanser and as a disinfectant. They are applied for bacteria and fungi removal from fruits and vegetables.
Due to the COVID – 19 Outbreak, the production in agricultural sectors is expecting to experience difficulties like untimely disinfectants and pesticide deliveries, trade and deliveries issues, and more, which is affecting the agricultural disinfectants market.
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