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Rethinking Crop Nutrition in Times of Modern Biofertilizer Farming

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The use of chemicals and acidic fertilizers such as calcium nitrate, monoammonium phosphate, and others has resulted in the degradation of soil quality. Over the years, this has led to less crop cultivation, eventually leading to the land getting barren. This has propelled the need for organic fertilizers, thereby augmenting the global biofertilizers industry growth. Besides this, biofertilizers consist of living microorganisms that help the plants to grow naturally by supplying essential nutrients. It also helps to increase the fertility of the soil. The aforementioned factors are also contributing to the growth of the industry.

On the contrary, biofertilizers have high production costs and this may pose a major challenge to the farmers, thereby causing hindrance to the growth of the industry. In addition to this, they have a lower shelf-life as compared to chemical fertilizers and have lower versatility. This may also hamper the growth of the industry in the forecast years. Nevertheless, government support in terms of agricultural awareness programs and promotion and distribution of bio-fertilizers are expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the industry in the coming years.

Rising Concern over Declining Soil Quality to Augment Growth

The impact of the novel coronavirus on the whole world is devastating. Most businesses are facing a crisis owing to the imposition of temporary lockdown by the governments of various nations. This COVID-19 pandemic has left a major dent on the world economy as well. Major investments were made in the research and development of an antidote to fight the novel coronavirus. The study offers a 360-degree overview of the industry for biofertilizers and emphasizes drivers, restraints, challenges, and upcoming opportunities. It also describes the current trends, recent industry developments, and other interesting insights that will help to accelerate the demand for biofertilizers in the coming years. 

Cereals Segment to Continue Dominance Owing to Rising Demand for Organic Products

Among all segments by crop type, the cereals segment earned 43.74% share and emerged dominant accounting to the high demand from both developing and developed nations. This is further attributed to the nutritional benefits offered by cereals.

Europe and North America are Dominant Owing to Presence of Several Organic Farms

Geographically, North America and Europe are holding the larger biofertilizers industry share on account of the presence of a large number of farms following organic agricultural practices in countries such as Mexico, and the United States. In 2019, North America earned a revenue of USD 470.83 million. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic businesses and certified farms grew at a massive rate of 13% between 2015 and 2016. On the other side, the industry in South America is likely to emerge as the fastest-growing region during the forecast period on account of the increasing demand for organic products from countries such as Brazil, and Argentina.

The global Biofertilizers Market size is likely to rise at a CAGR of 10.9% between 2020 and 2027 on account of the increasing demand for chemical-free fertilizers for agricultural production. In May 2016, Lage y Cia, a company in Uruguay was acquired by a Canadian company Lallemand Inc., for increasing the production of yeast, fungi, and bacteria as a biocontrol, biofertilizer, and a biostimulant agent. The value of this industry was USD 1.49 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to reach USD 3.28 billion by the end of 2027.

Industry Players in 2022

List of Companies Profiled in the Study includes Monsanto BioAG (Missouri, United States), Rizobacter Argentina S.A (Argentina), Novozymes A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark), Symborg (California, United States), Agrinos AS (Oslo, United States), Agri Life (Telangana, India), Camson Bio Technologies Ltd (Karnataka, India), Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (Gujarat, India), BioWorks Inc. (New York, United States), Lallemand Inc. (Montreal, Canada), Others.

Major Companies are focused on Improving Their Product Portfolios

Manufacturers of the global biofertilizers industry are engaging in new product launches, and enhancing their product portfolio for gaining a competitive edge in the industry. Some of them are also adopting collaborative efforts such as joint ventures, agreements, and contracts, and others to hold significant positions in the industry competition.

Few Industry Developments

June 2019 – Bayer, a German company, and Novozymes, a Denmark-based biofertilizer company declared the continuation of their research and development along with distribution partnership. As per this venture, Novozymes will be able to form multiple partnerships with other companies such as Univar Solutions (the U.S.), and UPL (India) and distribute the biological products.


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