For years, farming had been done in the most environment friendly way possible. The soil was fertile; crops were green and farmers were happy. Then came the revolution of chemical pesticides, a boon many would say but only to complicate our problems. Their extensive use not only harmed the crops or the soil but also indirectly affected the consumer. So now people around the world have realized that nature is the best. They are going back to the basics, to natural Seed Treatment.
Seed Treatment or seed dressing is a chemical, typically antimicrobial or fungal, with which seeds are treated prior to planting. This process has been determined the most effective fungicides against seed rot and seedling disease. It is also used to add colour and make treated seed less attractive to birds if spilt and easier to spot and clean up in the case of an accidental spillage. Due to being less chemically damaging pocess, seed treatment is often to be more environment friendly process, as the usage of chemical pesticides is decreased. The amount of insecticides used is also very less, keeping the crop and soil quality maintained.
The most commonly treated seeds are Maize, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Canola, Cotton and many others. Maize undoubtedly dominats this market due to its high starch content and increased use in production of Bio-oils and Biofuels. Canola is expected to pick up the pace behind Maize due to increasing awareness about the various health benefits Canola oil offers. The Seed Treatment types can be broadly classified into chemical and biological agents. Chemical Agents include insecticides, fungicides and other chemicals while Biological Agents include Antimicrobial Bacteria or antagonistic fungi.
Due to rapidly increasing population, the demand for food and grains has also subsequently increased. Growing costs of fertilizers & pesticides, increase in farm sizes, increase in rates of crop rotation and increased awareness among farmers about the benefits of using eco-friendly products are also driving the market for Seed Treatment. Increased investment in R&D to develop better methods and agents to improve the quality of crop has boosted this market. But increased federal regulations and lack of awareness among farmers is restraining the growth of this market. Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and BASF are the top three players in the global seed treatment market. Other key players include Monsanto, BioWorks Inc, Valent USA Corp, Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd, Advanced Biological Marketing Inc, Brettyoung Limited, Chemtura Agrosolutions, Dupont and Germains Seed Technology.
The Global Seed Treatment Market was worth $5.78 billion in 2016 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 10.68%, to reach $9.6 billion by 2021. North America is the largest market for seed treatment and expected to continue its dominance. Much of the region’s growth comes from the US, which is one of the largest treated seed exporting countries in the world. The seed treatment market is projected to expand in Asia Pacific due to higher economic and population growth in the region.
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