The global agricultural adjuvants market size is estimated to be valued at USD 3.7 Billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 4.7 Billion by 2027, recording a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period in terms of value. Due to high adoption rate of sustainable agricultural practices in North America and European regions, the demand for agricultural adjuvants is substantially increasing.
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Difference between Agricultural adjuvants and surfactants
They are additives added to agricultural chemical products to alter their physicochemical properties and improve their efficacy. Depending on their functional properties, agricultural adjuvants fall into two main categories activator and utility adjuvants. Surfactants used in agriculture are the most widely used activator adjuvants that are formulated for crop protection solutions. They can either be ionic, nonionic, or amphoteric.
The agricultural adjuvants market is relatively small within the crop protection chemicals industry. However, the market has witnessed significant growth in recent years due to the increasing need for sustainable pest management in agricultural operations in developed countries. Vital research funding by key manufacturers for developing products, such as drift control and antifoam agents, is expected to drive the market's growth over the next seven years. In addition, with the increasing use of drones for pesticide applications, manufacturers are also focusing on offering adjuvants that are compatible with drones.
Agricultural adjuvants are additives added to agricultural chemical products to alter their physicochemical properties and improve their efficacy. Depending on their functional properties, agricultural adjuvants fall into two main categories activator and utility adjuvants. Surfactants are the most widely used activator adjuvants that are formulated for crop protection solutions. They can either be ionic, nonionic, or amphoteric.
Growth Factors: Increase in the demand for green adjuvants, organically produced food
Chemically derived adjuvants in pesticides affect the environment and human health. For example, nonylphenol ethoxylate, a wetting and dispersing agent is still used in some agrochemical applications. This surfactant causes endocrine toxicity in animals. It is also toxic for aquatic organisms. Hence, government authorities and adjuvant manufacturers have shifted their focus to renewable and sustainable products. This trend would lead to a higher demand for naturally derived products that pose a negligible threat to the environment than conventional petroleum-derived products that are toxic and can lead to bioaccumulation within the ecosystem.
What are agricultural adjuvants?
Key players in this market include Corteva Agriscience (US), Evonik Industries (Germany), Croda International (UK), Nufarm (Australia), Solvay (Belgium), BASF SE (Germany), Huntsman Corporation (US), Clariant AG (Switzerland), Helena Agri-Enterprises LLC (US), Stepan Company (US), Adjuvant Plus Inc., (Canada), Wilbur-Ellis Company (US), Brandt, Inc. (US), Plant Health Technologies (US), Innvictis Crop Care LLC (US), Miller Chemical and Fertilizer, LLC (US), Precision Laboratories, LLC (US), CHS Inc. (US), WinField United (US), Kalo Inc. (US), Nouryon (Netherlands), Interagro Ltd. (UK), Lamberti S.P.A (Italy), GarrCo Products, Inc. (US), Drexel Chemical Company (US), and Loveland Products Inc. (US).