Seed Market – Big Players Focusing On Product Advancements For Business Expansion

(I-BusinessNews.Com, October 07, 2020 ) The global seed market size is estimated to be valued at USD 59.3 billion in 2020. It is projected to be worth USD 80.9 billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period. The growing demand in the food processing industry, biodiesel sector, feed processing industry is steering the growth of the market for seeds. Some of the major driving factors of the seeds market include the rising rate of seed replacement and an increase in demand for protein meals.

By type, the seeds industry is segmented into conventional and genetically modified. The genetically-modified seeds are aiding farmers to rise to major agricultural challenges more efficiently and adapt supply to demand more easily by producing more and quality food crops. They also help in reducing agricultural input costs, and these are some of the key reasons for growth in genetically modified crops.

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Based on crop type, the seed market is segmented into cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, fruits & vegetables, and others, which include fiber crops and other commercial crops such as tobacco and medicinal plants. The market for cereals & grains is growing owing to the increased intake of cereals & grains as staple foods. Countries such as China, the US, India, and Brazil, are among major producers of seeds in the world and cater to the demand arising from international markets. Cereals & grains are gaining increased popularity in animal feed and the food industry, which is steering the growth of this market.

With the growing case of pest infestations and pests gaining resistance against single traits, companies are focusing on the research and development of seeds that showcase multiple traits such as herbicide tolerance, drought-resistance, insect-resistance, and stress-tolerance among others.

Some of the major players in the seed market such as BASF SE (Germany), Bayer AG (Germany), Syngenta Group (Switzerland), KWS SAAT SE (Germany), Land O’ Lakes (US), and Sakata Seed Corporation (Japan) are focusing on strategies such as new product launches, collaborations, and acquisitions to expand their global footprint.

Key players in this market include BASF (Germany), Bayer AG (Germany), and Syngenta Group (Switzerland). Product innovation, expansions & investments, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and partnerships were some of the core strengths of the leading players in the seeds market. These strategies were adopted by the key players to increase their market presence. It also helped them diversify their businesses geographically, strengthen their distribution networks, and enhance their product portfolios. Some of the other players in the seeds industry include KWS SAAT SE (Germany), Land O’ Lakes (US), Sakata Seed Corporation (Japan), Groupe Limagrain (France), Corteva Agriscience (US), United Phosphorous Limited (India), DLF (Denmark), Longping Hi-tech (China), Rallis India Limited (India), Enza Zaden (The Netherlands), Takii & Co. Ltd (Japan), and Barenbrug Holding B.V (Netherlands).

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Bayer AG (Germany) is one of the leaders in the seeds business and caters to the seeds market through two wings of business, namely; crop protection and environmental science. The recent acquisition of Monsanto (US) in June 2018, has boosted Bayer’s agriculture business with innovative solutions in the crop protection and seed manufacturing industries. This acquisition has given a cutting edge to Bayer over other key competitors by expanding its product and service portfolio, offering innovative technologies, and increasing its global presence.

Syngenta Group (Switzerland) is one of the global biotechnology companies operating in the European region. It operates mainly under crop protection, lawn & garden, and seed segments. The seed segment is bifurcated into corn and soybean, diverse field crops, and vegetables. The company’s primary strength lies in the high investment, which it makes in the seeds business.

BASF SE (Germany) is one of the major players in the seeds market. The company provides seeds through its business segment, agricultural solutions. Some of the products offered by the company include vegetable seeds, cotton, and soybean seeds. The company has been one of the pioneers in the transgenic and hybrid seeds industry, with offerings specific to particular geographies.

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