The global market for Biopesticides is forecast to reach US$6.2 billion by 2024, driven by concerns raised by the growing carbon footprint of the agriculture industry and the ensuing focus shed on adopting sustainable agricultural practices and eco-friendly farm inputs. Striking the balance between increasing food production to feed the growing population and preserve the environment is becoming increasingly important and in this regard, governments the world over are pushing for climate smart agriculture practices. Given that chemical fertilizers and pesticides have the greatest impact on carbon footprint of the agriculture industry, a large portion of carbon mitigation efforts will be directed at more efficient utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers.

Benefits of biopesticides include:
  • environmental safety;
  • target-specificity;
  • biodegradability;
  • safe for beneficial organisms such as earthworms;
  • user friendly and reduced health hazard for farm workers;
  • reduced risk of soil contamination;
  • eliminates the problem of toxic residues on crops;
  • zero risk of pest resistance; cheap and cost effective;
  • improved crop quality and yield;
  • promotes physiological benefits such as bigger fruit size and enhanced color;
  • and compatibility with integrated pest management systems;
  • among others.
Other major factors also playing influential roles in shaping market growth include proposed imposition of carbon fee/tax as governments mull to target climate change policies at agriculture; focus on reversing agricultural land degradation due to soil destruction caused by chemical pesticides and the ensuing commercialization opportunities for biopesticides; unprecedented rise of organic food & beverages and the ensuing importance of organic farming; growing concerns over pesticide residues on food crops, vegetables & fruits and the resulting opening up of opportunities for safer alternatives; strong adoption of IPM and the rising significance of sustainable bio-based pest management alternatives; rise in post-harvest losses and increased demand for post-harvest biopesticides; and development of novel microorganism species and the ensuing growth of microbial pesticides. The United States represents the largest market worldwide. Europe ranks as the fastest growing market, followed by Asia-Pacific each growing at a CAGR of 16.4% and 15.9% respectively. While in Europe, stringent carbon sequestration regulation ranks as a key growth driving force, in Asia-Pacific growing population, higher food security and safety concerns, higher burden of pesticide poisoning, rising international safety standards and Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) for agro-product exports remain major factors driving growth.   

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Company and Industry News & Stories
  • Certis USA Completes Construction and Start-Up of New Azadirachtin Formulation and Packaging Facility in California
  • Marrone Bio Inks Distribution Partnership with Hop Tri Investment to Offer Effective Biological Solutions in Vietnam
  • BASF Acquires Bayer’s Seed and Herbicide Businesses in a Transaction Valued at US$9 Billion
  • Bayer Acquires Monsanto, the World’s Biggest Supplier of Genetically Modified Seeds
  • Tradecorp Acquires Idai Nature in a Move to Strengthen its Biological Portfolio in the Spanish Market

Outlook in Key Market Segments
  • Through 2024, Microbial Pesticides will remain the largest market, followed by Bio-Rational Pesticides.
  • Microbial pesticides are projected to witness the fastest growth driven by development of novel microorganism species

Product Definition & Scope
  • The term ‘Biopesticide’ broadly applies to any organism or biological-based compound, comprising plant, animal, microbial or renewable-material constituents, which are used for pest control and management. Certain plant extracts and natural-origin compounds, such as pyrithrins and spinosad, are not considered as biopesticides due to with toxic action.
Timeline for Analysis
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2016-2024
  • Historic Review 2011-2015

Geographic Markets Analyzed
  • US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World

Market Segmentation & Classification
  • Active Ingredients: Microbials and Bio-Rationals

Major Players
  • AgBiTech Pty Ltd.
  • Andermatt Biocontrol AG
  • Certis USA LLC
  • Environmental Crop Management Limited
  • Invivo
  • Stoller
  • Syngenta AG

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