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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI6989
  • Pages :134
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  • Industry : Agrochemicals

Market Size and Trends

The nanopesticides market is estimated to be valued at USD 0.76 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 1.79 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% from 2024 to 2031.

Nanopesticides Market Key factors

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Nanopesticides are emerging as an effective alternative to conventional pesticides. The growing need to increase agricultural productivity with reduced chemical usage is expected to drive demand. Conventional pesticides are facing increasing restrictions due to environmental and health concerns. Nanopesticides can overcome these limitations as they require lower volumes, have longer shelf life and more effective pest control at lower concentrations. They also help minimize invasive species and resistance development in pests. With sustainable solutions gaining prominence, the nanopesticides market is well-positioned for significant growth in the coming years.

Growing demand for eco-friendly pest control solutions

The global agricultural industry has been facing increasing pressure in recent years to reduce the use of conventional pesticides and switch to more environmentally sustainable practices. The heavy reliance on synthetic chemical pesticides has led to a variety of environmental and health concerns over time. Issues like pest resistance, pesticide residue in food and water sources, negative impacts on biodiversity, and health hazards for farmers have contributed to growing demand for natural and eco-friendly alternatives. Nanopesticides are emerging as a promising substitute as they can be designed for targeted delivery and controlled release of active ingredients, allowing for reduced dosage and frequency of application. This leads to lower agricultural input costs as well as minimizes the risks of pesticide runoff and pollution. With environmental sustainability gaining priority among farmers, governments, and consumers alike, the demand for such innovative 'green' solutions is expected to surge. 

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Nanopesticides Market Concentration By Players

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Advancements in nanotechnology enabling development of efficient pest control formulations

Over the past decade or so, intensive research efforts from scientists and companies have helped unlock the potential of applying nanotechnology concepts for developing improved pesticides. Manufacturers have been able to leverage nano-engineering methods to encapsulate active ingredients within nanoparticles of varying sizes, surface properties, and structures. This allows for incorporating desirable characteristics like water-dispersion, photo-/thermo-responsiveness into the new formulations. Some key advancements include targeted foliar delivery using dendrimers, controlled-release mechanisms based on biodegradable polymers, and stimuli-responsive carriers for on-demand pesticide activation. Such customized fabrication at the nano-scale is making it possible to enhance the bioavailability, selectivity and effectiveness of active constituents. It is also laying the foundation for more specialized product categories like nano-fungicides, nano-insecticides, and nano-herbicides. The continuous progress in R&D as well as large private investments have boosted the potential for the commercialization of next-gen nanopesticide products with superior performance over conventional solutions. This is expected to be a major factor driving greater adoption globally.

Nanopesticides Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Challenge: High R&D cost for product development

Developing new nanopesticides formulations requires extensive research to ensure the safety of nano-enabled agrochemicals for both humans and the environment. Nano-enabled formulations aim to improve the delivery and effectiveness of existing agrochemical actives. However, testing the impact of nano-carriers and assessing their interactions with active ingredients involves complex experimental procedures and analysis. This significantly increases the costs associated with product development. Conducting toxicity tests in line with regulatory standards further raises R&D expenses. Nanotoxicity assessment involves long-term in vivo and in vitro studies to understand acute and chronic effects of nanoparticles. Testing for oral, dermal, and inhalation exposure routes has to be performed as nanoparticles can be absorbed via multiple pathways. Evaluating immuno-toxicity and genotoxicity of novel nanopesticide formulations using advanced diagnostic techniques like polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) increases financial investment. Regulatory dossiers compiling safety and efficacy data need to be prepared adhering to guidelines of authorities like the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This regulatory burden on developing bio-safe and eco-friendly nanotechnology-driven agrochemicals increases costs.

Opportunity: Potential to penetrate developing markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America

Both regions have seen a significant rise in agricultural output and farming activities over the past decade to meet the rising food demands of their vast populations. However, smallholder farmers who contribute significantly to the agricultural production in these regions often struggle with issues like pest attacks on crops, lack of access to advanced pest management solutions, and financial constraints. Nanopesticides could help address some of these challenges for small and marginal farmers in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Due to their targeted nature, nanopesticides require lower volumes and frequencies of application compared to conventional pesticides, thereby reducing input costs for farmers. Their precise pest control ability also minimizes collateral damage to crops, environment and non-target organisms. This makes nanopesticides an economically viable and environment-friendly solution for smallholder farmers. 

Nanopesticides Market By Utility

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Insights by Utility: Rising Demand for High-yield Crops Drive Growth in Industrial Crops

The industrial crop segment is expected to contribute 64.5% share of the nanopesticides market in 2024, by utility due to the rising global demand for high-yield crops. Industrial crops such as soybean, corn, sugarcane, and cotton are in high demand worldwide to meet the needs of food processing industries as well as textile industries. Nanopesticides provide precision application and effective pest control methods that allow farmers to maximize crop yields from industrial crops. The cost of production is a major factor influencing profitability in industrial crop farming. Nanopesticides enable selective targeting of pests without harming beneficial insects, reducing the amount of pesticides needed and lowering input costs for farmers. Their controlled release properties also ensure pesticides are delivered only where needed, minimizing wastage. This boosts crop protection efficiency and productivity per acre. Climate change is bringing new climate patterns that expand the habitat of crop pests. Industrial farms need innovative solutions to counter unpredictable pest infestations that threaten crop supplies. Nanopesticides have shown effectiveness against a wide range of emerging pests while posing minimal risks to the environment. Their ability to prevent total crop failure even in difficult conditions makes them invaluable for maintaining industrial crop yields.

Insights by Type: Growth in Global Population Drives the Demand for Nanoinsecticides

Within the type segment, nanoinsecticides is expected to contribute 35.6% of the market share in 2024, owing to the rising global population and corresponding demand for food. Insects are among the most destructive agricultural pests, capable of decimating entire harvests if left uncontrolled. As the world population rises exponentially, there is immense pressure on farmers to boost insect-resistant crop production to ensure global food security. Nanoinsecticides target and eliminate key insect pests more precisely than conventional pesticides. Their nanoparticle properties facilitate the penetration of insect cuticles and systematic distribution within plant tissues, achieving complete pest control with minimal active ingredients. This increases crop protection efficiency while reducing insecticide usage—an important sustainability factor with growing world resource constraints. Urbanization is also concentrating global population in cities, diminishing available arable land. To maximize yields from limited land areas, farmers require tools like nanoinsecticides that help increase crop cultivation intensity through reliable, multi-season pest suppression. Their selective activity profiles protect pollinators and natural enemies too, keeping agro ecosystems balanced for sustained productivity gains. These advantages make nanoinsecticides especially valued for satisfying the global demand for staple grains and pulses in current population scenarios.

Insights by End-user: Increased Non-agricultural Applications Drive Growth in Non-agricultural End Users

The non-agricultural segment is expected to hold 65.4% of the market share in 2024, by end-user owing to rising applications of nanopesticides beyond traditional farming. While agriculture remains their core use, nanoparticle formulations are also increasingly used in forestry, ornamental horticulture, public recreation areas, and structural pest control management. In forestry, nanopesticides help tackle new pests and diseases threatening commercial woodlands and biodiversity. Their controlled environmental behavior prevents widespread contamination issues. In turf and ornamental plant management, nanopesticides offer a non-toxic alternative to conventional pesticides for maintaining public green spaces. Their self-disinfecting properties also provide effective protection of infrastructure from structural pests like termites. Nanopesticides can be incorporated into building materials during construction, forming a long-term pest-proof barrier. This is driving their adoption in managing pests in public structures, hotels, offices and other facilities. As urban lifestyles expand non-agricultural land usage, the need for sustainable pest control in these areas grows. Nanopesticides are well-suited to satisfy this rising demand through tailored, eco-friendly solutions. This growing applicability outside conventional farming is a key factor propelling the non-agricultural end-user segment.

Regional Insights

Nanopesticides Market Regional Insights

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North America has established itself as the dominant region in the global nanopesticides market. This region is expected to account for 37.8% of the market share in 2024. The developed agriculture industry and high adoption of advanced technologies in the U.S. and Canada are major drivers of the nanopesticide demand. Leading agrochemical producers have their headquarters located in the region and invest heavily in R&D for new nanopesticides formulations. Strict environmental regulations regarding conventional pesticides also encourage farmers to switch to nano-enabled solutions for their efficacy even at low concentrations. Trade relationships with Latin American countries ensure a steady flow of key agrochemicals and result in competitive prices for farmers.

Asia Pacific has emerged as the fastest growing regional market for nanopesticides in recent years. Rapid expansion of the agriculture sector and rising population levels have increased the need for high crop yields. Countries like India and China represent over a third of the global population and are heavily investing in agricultural infrastructure and technologies. Local agrochemical manufacturers are partnering with international players and universities to develop tailored nano-enabled products. Support from government initiatives aimed at modernizing farming practices and minimizing crop losses is further boosting adoption. Export potential to rest of Asia Pacific and Europe also makes the region an attractive production base. While regulatory guidelines still need more clarity, the appetite for boosting farm output should continue accelerating the APAC market at an impressive pace.

Market Report Scope

Nanopesticides Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 0.76 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 13% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 1.79 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Utility: Food Crop and Industrial Crop
  • By Type: Nanoinsecticides, Nanoherbicides, Nanofungicides, and Others
  • By End-user: Agriculture and Non-agriculture
  • By Target Organism: Algicides, Avicides, Bactericides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides, and Others 
Companies covered:

Andermatt Biocontrol AG, Marrone Bio Innovations, Stockton Biotechnologies, Bayer AG, Corteva, Camson Biotechnologies, BioWorks, Inc., Migrow Agro Solution, Plantix Crop Care, and Annadata Organic

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing demand for eco-friendly pest control solutions
  • Advancements in nanotechnology enabling development of efficient pest control formulations
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High R&D cost for product development
  • Regulatory issues and safety evaluation challenges 

Key Developments

  • In March 2024, Insecticides (India) Limited launched a new patented insecticide turner
  • In March 2024, BASF launched an insecticide, Efficon
  • In November 2023, Insecticides (India) Ltd. launched four new crop protection products
  • In November 2023, FMC launched a new insecticide/biofungicide premix product
  • *Definition: The nanopesticides market involves the use of nanotechnology in developing pesticides for agricultural applications. Nanopesticides are formulated by encapsulating or constructing pesticidal active ingredients such as insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides into nano-scale materials like nanoparticles, nanocoated seeds, or nanocapsules. They help in more efficient and targeted delivery of pest control agents and can improve solubility and absorption of pesticides, thereby reducing application rates.

Market Segmentation

  • Utility Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Food Crop
    • Industrial Crop
  •  Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Nanoinsecticides
    • Nanoherbicides
    • Nanofungicides
    • Others
  •  End-user Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Agriculture
    • Non-agriculture
  •  Target Organism Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Algicides
    • Avicides
    • Bactericides
    • Fungicides
    • Herbicides
    • Insecticides
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Andermatt Biocontrol AG
    • Marrone Bio Innovations
    • Stockton Biotechnologies
    • Bayer AG
    • Corteva
    • Camson Biotechnologies
    • BioWorks, Inc.
    • Migrow Agro Solution
    • Plantix Crop Care
    • Annadata Organic

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the nanopesticides market is projected to be 13% from 2024 to 2031.

Growing demand for eco-friendly pest control solutions and advancements in nanotechnology enabling development of efficient pest control formulations are the major factor driving the growth of the nanopesticides market.

High R&D cost for product development and regulatory issues and safety evaluation challenges are the major factors hampering the growth of the nanopesticides market.

In terms of utility, industrial crop is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

Andermatt Biocontrol AG, Marrone Bio Innovations, Stockton Biotechnologies, Bayer AG, Corteva, Camson Biotechnologies, BioWorks, Inc., Migrow Agro Solution, Plantix Crop Care, and Annadata Organic are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the nanopesticides market.

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