The global organic farming market accounted for 50.9 Million Hectares in 2015, according to Organic Farming Market Report, by Farming Type (Pure Organic Farming and Integrated Organic Food), by Method (Crop Diversity, Soil Management, Weed Management, and Controlling Other Organisms), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
The global organic farming market is expected to expand at a growth rate of 8.4% by 2026 during the forecast period (2018-2026). Increasing demand for organic food and organic agricultural practices is driving growth of the organic farming market. According to Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the retail sales of organic food and drink was US$ 81.6 billion in 2015, globally, about 10% more as compared to previous year. Furthermore, organic farming utilizes natural and biodegradable materials such as plant residues and animal waste, reducing possibility of toxic build-up after degradation. In contrast with conventional farming, organic farming balances soil pH and improves soil fertility. Hence, such advantages of organic farming over chemical fertilizers are projected to fuel demand for organic fertilizers throughout the forecast period. However, production cost is comparatively higher for organic farming compared to conventional farming as it requires more workers. This is expected to restrain growth of the organic farming market. For instance, according to the article published in Studies in Agricultural Economics 113 Journal, in 2011, the cost of weed control practice for hand hoe operation costs US$ 1469.28 for organic fruit crop whereas for conventional fruit crop it cost US$ 539.45.
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Key Trends and Analysis of the Organic farming Market:
- Pure organic farming segment held a significant market share in 2017, in the global organic farming market. Pure organic farming involves organic manure and pesticides made only through natural substances such as neem and crop residues. Increasing demand for organic fertilizers is expected to drive growth of the pure organic farming segment. According to ’ analysis, the organic fertilizers market was valued at US$ 6.15 billion in 2016, and is expected to reach US$ 12.26 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 8.27% during the forecast period (2017 – 2025).
Key Takeaways of the Market:
- Europe is expected to show a significant market growth and accounted for 25% share of the global organic farming market in 2017, owing to growing organic agricultural land in this region. According to FiBL, in 2007, the organic agricultural land was 6.9mio ha and reached up to 12.7 mio ha in 2015.
- Asia Pacific held the significant market share in 2017, in the global organic farming market, owing to growing presence of organic producers. According to Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), India has one of the largest presence of organic producers (585,200) in Asia Pacific, and Asia accounted for 35% of organic producers in 2015.
- The Rural Development Policy in Europe supports the sustainable development of organic farming and development of rural areas. In addition to this, the European Innovation partnership (EIP) and the Future Agricultural Research supported by the Horizon 2020 program for investment in research and innovation will also support organic farming growth in Europe. Such policies are further driving growth of the market over the forecast period.
- Major players operating in the global organic farming market include Picks Organic Farm, Organic Farmers Co., The Indian Organic Farmers Producer Company Limited (IOFPCL), Bayer AG, Camson Bio Technologies Limited, and ZUWA Organic Farms Pvt Ltd among others