The global seed coating market is projected to surge at a CAGR of 8.10% to reach a market size of US$4.287 billion in 2025 from a market size of US$2.686 billion in 2019.The growing demand for accelerating seed performance is driving the growth of the global seed coating industry in the forecast period. This will further contribute to overcoming the challenges where concerns regarding feeding an increasing global population are prevalent. Hence, the seed coating technology is paving way for sustainable crop yield and thus will help in increasing on-farm productivity, providing an opportunity for the market to proliferate with advancements in seed coating technology. Keeping in view the importance of seed quality for sustainable crop production and food security, certain seed treatments including seed coating is further promoting the market growth in the forecast period. These treatments assist in overcoming germination constraints and promoting high-quality plant growth. Also, with the decreasing arable land due to urbanization, the world is poised to adopt research and development activities for the development of seed treatment technologies so that every seed gives rise to a healthy seedling leading to better crop yield for consumption.
Geographically, North America is projected to hold a significant market share due to the early adoption of technology and innovations. On the other hand, the Asia Pacific region is estimated to be the fastest-growing due to the burgeoning need for the adoption of efficient technologies for enhancing crop yield and productivity in order to feed a large population base.
The growing global food demand, in addition to the increasing demand for food production, is propelling the market growth in the forecast period.
It is predicted that in the 21st century, the agriculture sector will be experiencing several challenges where it has to produce more food in order to feed a growing population with a small rural workforce. Hence, this is creating a need, specifically, for many agriculture-dependent emerging economies to gear themselves with the adoption of efficient and sustainable agriculture production technologies to enhance their agricultural production. Also, adapting to climate change is another factor challenging the global agriculture sector and this can be achieved by the adoption of productivity enhancement techniques.
The population worldwide is projected to grow by 2.3 billion individuals during the time period 2009 to 2050 (source: FAO). Maximum population growth is estimated to take place in the developing economies of the world. The population in the Sub-Saharan African region is set to grow with the fastest growth rate accounting for 114%. The population in the East and South East Asian region is projected to grow with a growth rate of 13%. In addition, rapid urbanization is forecasted to continue at a fast pace where urban areas are accounted to hold 70% of the world population by 2050 (source: FAO). The increasing per capita income, which is forecasted to increase multiple times by 2050 than the current per capita income, the demand for food will also significantly increase. The global demand for cereals for both human and animal consumption is forecasted to attain around 3 billion tonnes by the end of 2050 (source: FAO), hence providing an impetus to fuel the market demand for increasing crop yields. The demand for food commodities like vegetable oils, dairy products, and livestock is estimated to grow faster than cereals and grain, this is because of high-income population in the developing regions of the world. As per FAO predictions, feeding the growing population will require an increase of the overall production of food by 70% by 2050 from 2005/07. The developing economies would require more food production, to almost double in order to satiate high food demand. Hence, advancements in production technology also hold equal importance in surging the market growth in the forecast period and in the coming years.
The presence of seed companies introducing various seed treatment techniques which include efficient seed coating technology is further propelling the market growth in the forecast period.
Clariant® Seed Coloration colorant for seed treatment provides a range of powder pigments, pigment preparations, and dyes. The seed coloration is treated with pesticides is considered as an indispensable safety feature. In addition, individual color, and colour shades for the purpose of branding, identification of specific treatment among varied seed varieties, convenience in the monitoring of seed uniformity, and consistency of seed treatments or adding value, and providing cosmetic appeal for high-value seeds are other necessary aspects. The products for powder pigments include Agrocer Red 112, Agrocer Red 482, Agrocer Blue 153, Agrocer Green 007, Agrocer Violet 023, and Agrocer Yellow 001.
Incotec, a division of Croda, for the improvement and enhancement of seed quality provides technology for seed treatment. This includes seven technology groups listed as upgrading, priming, disinfection, film coating, encrusting and pelleting, applications of actives and additives, and analytical quality testing.
BrettYoung seed coating involves a precise layering of nutrients, pesticides, or growth-promoting additives on seeds providing value-added benefits. The company’s advanced computer automated seed coating facility is highly capable of enhancing the appearance, handling, and agronomics of seed. Following listed are the facility highlights: Computer automated batch coating having gentle seed handling and precision placement, Precise layering or pelleting creating separation from additives, fluidized bed dryer computer-controlled temperature, robotic bag handling system, and the facility is designed as per Agrochemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) guidelines for safe handling of crop protection products.
Bayer’s restructured Peridiam seed coating portfolio has special features for the fulfillment of customized consumer demands. The portfolio comprises Peridiam® Active seed coatings with additional value-adding benefits, Peridiam® Extra, especially designed seed coatings with certain properties which include resistance to high abrasion, performance under cold climatic conditions, and increased seed surface. The Peridiam® Quality is for dust control and adhesion, flowability and sowability, and visual appearance. Benefits of seed coatings consist of uniform seed treatment application for optimum coverage, improved adhesion and coverage so that all the beneficial additives are able to stay on the seed, protection of operators and beneficial from dust with emissions reduced up to 95%, branding and visual differentiation through colouring, and improved flowability in the planting equipment and sowability on the farm.