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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI1398
  • Pages :200
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  • Industry : Agrochemicals

The potash fertilizers  Market size is valued at US$ 32.23 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 47.19 Bn by 2031 growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Global Potash Fertilizers Market Regional Insights:

  • Asia Pacific is expected to be the largest market for potash fertilizers, which is expected to grow at a market share of over 44% during the forecast period. The growth of the potash fertilizers market in Asia Pacific is attributed to increasing demand for fertilizers in countries such as India and China.
  • Europe is expected to be the second-largest market for potash fertilizers, which is expected to grow at a market share of over 27% during the forecast period. The growth of the potash fertilizers market in Europe is attributed to increasing demand for potash fertilizers in countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia.
  • North America is expected to be the fastest-growing market for potash fertilizers, which is expected to grow at a market share of over 14% during the forecast period. The growth of the potash fertilizers market in North America is attributed to increasing demand for fertilizers in countries such as the U.S., and Canada.

Figure 1. Global Potash Fertilizers Market Share (%), By Region, 2024

Potash Fertilizers Market By Region

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Analyst’s Views:

The global potash fertilizers market is expected to witness steady growth in the coming years. The growing population and rising food demand will drive the need for high-yielding crops. This will boost the demand for potash-based fertilizers globally. However, fluctuating raw material prices may challenge the stable market growth to an extent. The agricultural sector in Asia Pacific is expanding rapidly. Countries like China and India are leading producers and consumers of crops worldwide. Therefore, the APAC region will dominate the potash fertilizers market and is expected to grow the fastest during the forecast period.

In terms of opportunities, the adoption of precision farming and protected agriculture is increasing across major markets. Potash fertilizers improve soil health and help achieve higher productivity through precision application. This presents opportunities for manufacturers to promote their products. Furthermore, developing economies will emerge as key destinations globally as their governments are taking initiatives to enhance domestic food production.

In summary, while the market will grow at a steady rate backed by crop demand worldwide, fluctuations in raw material prices can affect growth prospects in the short term. Adoption of new farming techniques also provides opportunities. Asia Pacific dominates currently and will continue its lead driven by countries like China and India.

Global Potash Fertilizers Market Drivers:

Increasing demand from the agricultural industry: The global demand for potash fertilizers has been steadily increasing over the past few years largely due to the growing demand from the agricultural industry. Potash provides essential potassium ions for plants which are necessary for various functions like enzyme activation, protein synthesis, and photosynthesis and stomata regulation. With rising global population and requirement for higher food production, the pressure on farmers to boost crop yields has also increased substantially.

Potassium is one of the three primary nutrients used in fertilizers, with nitrogen and phosphorus being the other two. According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, worldwide consumption of potassium has gone up from 34 million tons in 2010 to over 40 million tons in 2020. In order to meet the crop nutrition requirements, farmers around the world have been using potash-rich fertilizers extensively. Countries with large crop producing areas like China, India, the U.S., Brazil, and several African nations have witnessed a major rise in potash fertilizer imports over the past decade.

Expansion of agricultural sector: The expansion of the agricultural sector globally has been one of the key drivers for the growth of the potash fertilizers market. With the growing population worldwide, there is increasing demand for food which is putting pressure on farmers to boost crop yields. According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, global food demand is projected to increase by over 60% by 2050 when the population reaches nearly 10 Bn.

Potash fertilizers which provide potassium, a crucial nutrient, play a vital role in enhancing various growth processes in plants including enhanced protein synthesis, carbohydrate transport and water regulation. The use of potash fertilizers helps to maximize crop production and meet the rising demand for food. According to recent statistics from the International Fertilizer Industry Association, global fertilizer consumption has increased from 0.16 Bn tons in 2015 to over 0.18 Bn tons in 2020 driven primarily by potash and nitrogen based fertilizers. Countries like China, India, Brazil and U.S. which account for over 50% of global agricultural output have seen a steady rise in potash fertilizer usage.

Global Potash Fertilizers Market Opportunities:

Emerging markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America: The growing population and rising food demand across Asia-Pacific and Latin America present a massive opportunity for the global potash fertilizers market. Countries like India, China, Indonesia, and Brazil have shown exponential increases in agricultural outputs to meet domestic food requirements as well as to capture share in agricultural exports. However, increasing cultivation also puts tremendous pressure on depleting soil nutrients. Both small and large scale farmers in these regions understand the need to use potash-based fertilizers to replenish the potassium content of soil and maximize crop yields.

Going forward, sustainable and scientific farming techniques will play a major role in feeding the billions who will inhabit these parts of the world. According to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, most countries in Asia and Latin America have experienced growth rates in fertilizer consumption over the past decade that exceeded global averages, demonstrating the commitment of governments and farmers to boost agricultural productivity through soil amendments. In India alone, fertilizer use is projected to rise by 4% yearly up until 2024 to remedy widespread deficiencies. With enhanced access to credit, market connectivity and knowledge transfers, demand for yield-enhancing inputs like potash across Asia Pacific and Latin American agricultural sectors will continue growing rapidly.

Expanding agricultural land in developing countries: Expanding agricultural land in developing countries could provide significant opportunities for growth in the global potash fertilizers market. As populations increase in developing nations, the demand for food production will also rise substantially in the coming years. However, many developing countries still have limited arable land per capita for agriculture. Expanding available farmland will therefore be crucial to boost food supply domestically and potentially for exports. According to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the percentage increase in cropland area was highest in several developing countries between 2000 and 2018. For example, in Indonesia, cropland expanded by almost 17% and in Vietnam it grew by over 13% during this period. This trend of increasing agricultural area is likely to continue in many developing nations over the next decade as well. The growing corpus of cultivated land will necessitate higher usage of various fertilizer types including potash-based fertilizers to enable higher crop yields. Potash is a vital nutrient that helps improve soil quality, water retention and stress resilience in plants. Incorporating adequate potash fertilization can significantly augment per hectare agricultural production.

Potash Fertilizers Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 32.23 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 5.6% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 47.19 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico
  • 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
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Potassium Nitrate, Sulphate of Potash, and Potassium Chloride 
  • By Composition: Organic and Inorganic
  • By Form: Solid and Liquid Soluble Powder
  • By Crop Type: Oil seeds & Pulses, Fruits & Vegetables, Cereals & Grains, and Others 
Companies covered:

Israel Chemicals Ltd., EuroChem Group A.G., Agrium Inc., Uralkali PJSC, Yara International A.S.A., Migao Corporation, Sesoda Corporation, SQM S.A., Brazil Potash Corporation, and K+S KALI GmbH.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing demand from the agricultural industry 
  • Expansion of agricultural sector
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Environmental concerns over excessive use

Global Potash Fertilizers Market Trends:

Sustainable farming: Sustainable farming practices are having a significant influence on the global potash fertilizers market. With growing consumer demand for organic and sustainably grown food, many farmers are transitioning to more environmentally-friendly methods of cultivation. This shift away from conventional chemical-intensive agriculture is reducing the usage of potash-based fertilizers.

Many farmers are adopting practices like crop rotation, organic manure application, integrated pest management and precision farming to improve soil health and minimize negative environmental impacts. They are replacing synthetic potash fertilizers with natural or organic soil amendments like compost, green manure and bone meal. According to the 2021 report by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the number of organic farmers across the world has increased by over 30% from 2018 levels. The shift towards organic production methods has led to declining demand for water-soluble potash fertilizers in many countries.

Consolidation activities among major potash producers: The global potash fertilizers market has seen significant consolidation activities among major producers over the past few years. Mega-mergers such as the formation of Nutrien through the merger of Agrium and PotashCorp have created agricultural behemoths with unprecedented scale and market power. As the biggest producer by a wide margin, Nutrien is now better positioned than ever to leverage economies of scale, achieve significant cost synergies, and gain pricing influence over buyers globally. Such industry consolidation is likely to continue as smaller players seek to bolster production capabilities and competitive positioning through partnerships or acquisitions.

With agricultural commodity prices stabilizing in recent years according to World Bank data, demand for potash fertilizers is projected to grow steadily through 2025 to support increasing global food needs. This steady downstream demand flow bodes well for top producers in a consolidated market structure to exercise stronger control over supply and pricing. Furthermore, Russia's move in 2020 to restrict potash exports according to the United Nation Comrade database during the pandemic disrupted global supply chains and inflated prices. This type of geopolitical event highlights the benefits of consolidation in mitigating risks, as consolidated firms can better navigate supply shocks through their diversified asset bases and geographic footprints.

Global Potash Fertilizers Market Restraints:

Environmental concerns over excessive use: Environmental concerns over excessive use of chemical fertilizers are indeed restraining the growth of the global potash fertilizers market. There is growing awareness among farmers and policymakers about the detrimental effects of intensive and injudicious use of potash fertilizers on soil health and environmental sustainability. Repeated and unchecked use of potash fertilizers can degrade the soil structure, deplete essential micronutrients, increase soil acidity and salinity over long term use. This has the potential to reduce soil fertility and crop yields. At the same time, excessive run-off of fertilizer chemicals from farmlands into water bodies is also causing water pollution on a large scale. The run-off ends up in rivers and lakes causing eutrophication which destroys aquatic life. According to a 2021 report by United Nation Environment Program, reactive nitrogen from chemical fertilizers is the largest contributor to Eco zone nitrogen pollution around the world. The excess nitrogen ends up in coastal marine ecosystems disrupting the natural balance. This is evident from the recurring occurrences of harmful algal blooms and hypoxic dead zones in seas and oceans near agricultural lands with heavy fertilizer usage. For example, every year a large 'dead zone' spreads across the northern Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas due to excess fertilizer residues carried by the Mississippi River from Midwest farms. Such events are becoming more frequent and common worldwide.

In light of these environmental concerns, many countries are promoting more balanced and judicious fertilizer application through policies and incentives. The European Union introduced an ambitious biodiversity strategy in 2020 focusing on sustainable agriculture with strict guidelines to reduce fertilizer dependency by 2030. Similarly, China which accounts for a major share of global potash consumption has been encouraging less chemical-intensive and more organic farming practices in recent years. While demand for yield-boosting potash remains strong, increased awareness about soil, water and environment protection is slowly but surely influencing purchase decisions and restraining the once rapidly growing global potash fertilizers market in the long run. Sustainable agricultural practices balancing productivity, profits and environmental protection seem to be the way forward.

  • Counterbalance: To overcome this restraint, the key market players need to adopt sustainable agricultural practices such as precision farming, crop rotation, and integrated nutrient management. These practices can help reduce the environmental impact of potash fertilizers and promote sustainable agriculture. Which might increase the global potash fertilizer market growth.

Recent Developments:

New Product launches:

  • In October 2020, RPM Global has developed Underground Potash Solutions (UGPS). The package will address the challenges of underground potash operations and can be used for design, reserving and scheduling across all scheduling horizons from strategic to short term. RPM Global is the mining industry's leading enterprise technology, advisory and training provider.

Mergers and Acquisition:

  • In March 2022: EuroChem Group AG announced that it has completed the purchase of the shareholding control of Brazilian distributor Fertilizantes Heringer SA, with 51.48% of the shares, further strengthening its production and distribution capacity in Brazil. EuroChem Group AG is a leading global fertilizer producer that manufactures and markets agricultural chemicals. The company produces nitrogen, phosphate, and NPK fertilizers, as well as offers feed phosphates, industrial acids, and mineral raw materials.
  • March 2021: Mosaic is the leading integrated producer of concentrated phosphate and potash, Mosaic announced a partnership with Sound Agriculture to develop and distribute a nutrient efficiency product. Sound Agriculture will focus on manufacturing of the active ingredient and product formulation, while Mosaic will oversee field development, regulatory, sales and marketing efforts. The product leverage Sound Agriculture Bio-inspired chemistry that activates the soil micro biome to give plants access to important nutrients and allow growers to optimize fertilizer inputs. It is expected to release in 2023 for the U.S. market.

 Figure 2. Global Potash Fertilizers Market Share (%), By Product Type, 2024

Potash Fertilizers Market By Product Type

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Top Companies in the Global Potash Fertilizers Market

  • Israel Chemicals Ltd
  • EuroChem Group A.G
  • Agrium Inc.
  • Uralkali PJSC
  • Migao Corporation
  • Sesoda Corporation
  • SQM S.A.
  • Brazil Potash Corporation
  • K+S KALI GmbH

Definition: Potash fertilizer, also known as MOP (muriate of potash), is a potassium salt that is a key source of soluble potassium, an essential nutrient for plant growth. It is a vital component in the agricultural industry, with over 95% of the world's potash being used to fertilize food crops.

Frequently Asked Questions

Environmental concerns over excessive use are expected to hampering the growth of the global potash fertilizers market.

Increasing demand from the agricultural industry and expansion of agricultural sector are the major factors driving the growth of the global potash fertilizers market.

The sulphate of potash sub-segment is the leading product type segment in the global potash fertilizers market. 

Major players operating in the global potash fertilizers market includes Israel Chemicals Ltd., EuroChem Group A.G., Agrium Inc., Uralkali PJSC, Yara International A.S.A., Migao Corporation, Sesoda Corporation, SQM S.A., Brazil Potash Corporation, and K+S KALI GmbH.

Asia Pacific region leads the global potash fertilizers market.

The CAGR of the global potash fertilizers market is 5.6%.

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