The Global Soil Conditioners Market is valued at USD 5.87 Billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 8.59 Billion by 2028 with a CAGR of 6.54% over the forecast period.
A soil conditioner is a substance that is added into the soil to change the soil structure, which improves the soil structure by increasing aeration, water holding capacity, and nutrients. Soil conditioners can be synthetic, organic, inorganic, or natural. Some examples of organic soil conditioners are compost, compost tea, bone meal, vermiculite, and straw. These natural and organic types of soil conditioners are often chosen in organic gardening or for small home gardens. Soil conditioners are used to control soil degradation, to improve soil air-water relations, soil drainage, and soil aggregation, to reduce soil crusting and compaction, and to overcome water repellency. Soil conditioners refer to practices used both in civil engineering and agriculture. Soil conditioning in agriculture implies the formation and stabilization of aggregates, which allow appropriate aeration and drainage in the root zone and hence improve crop yields. Soil conditioning in civil engineering states that processes such as the stabilization of soil embankments against erosion by water and by wind contribute to dust control, the fixation of sand dunes, and a variety of applications in the construction industry. The first synthetic soil conditioners were introduced in the 1950s, when the chemical hydrolyzed polyacrylonitrile was the most widely used.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highly affected the soil conditioner market due to the reduced or decreased supply of crop fertilizers. There was a shortage of supplies for farmers due to cross-border barriers as countries worldwide forced lockdowns, resulting in long-term crop productivity. The shutdown of several plants and factories has affected the global supply chains and negatively impacted manufacturing, delivery schedules, and sales of products in the global market.
The Global Soil conditioners market is segmented into soil type, application and crop type and solubility. Based on type, the Soil conditioners market is segmented into synthetic and natural. Based on soil type, the Soil conditioners market is segmented into Sand, Silt, Clay, and Loam. Based on application, the Soil conditioners market is segmented into Industrial and Agricultural and others. Based on crop type, the soil conditioners market is segmented into cereals and grains, oilseeds and pulses, foods and vegetables. Based on solubility, the Soil conditioners market is segmented into hydrogels and water soluble.
The regions covered in this soil conditioners market report are Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World. Based on a country level, the market is subdivided into the U.S., Mexico, Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Middle East Asia (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt), GCC, Africa, etc.
March 16th, 2021; Normet continued to develop and optimize its Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) technology portfolio with the introduction of its upgraded soil conditioning solutions, following the launch of its next-generation Tail Sealants range.
August 24th, 2017; Safi Organics turned agricultural waste into a carbon-negative soil conditioner, which restores crop soils that have been acidified by decades of chemical fertilizer use. Safi Sarvi is a soil conditioner that has proven to increase yields by 30%, while also increasing nutrient holding, saving water through better soil retention, and removing up to 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide per acre of land during the growing season. The biochar, which is produced from rice husks, also restores crop soils that have been degraded and acidified by decades of chemical fertilizer use.
The Asia Pacific is one of the largest markets for agricultural products due to its large fertile lands and favorable climate. Despite these favorable conditions, frequent cropping to meet food demand is causing severe soil degradation in the region. In such cases, soil conditioners, such as compost, replace fertilizers or supplements, play a vital role in compensating for the depleted soil. In countries like India, the use of organic fertilizers, including farmyard manure and green manure, is one of the oldest and most widely used means of replenishing nutrients for plants. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), due to the high number of animals in India, manure is the most common of the organic fertilizers, accounting for 90.0% of the total manure production. Rising soil erosion rates, land clearing, and deforestation have led farmers to rely on soil conditioners to improve production and soil health to meet the growing food demand of the region's ever-growing population. Thus, these factors are driving the market for soil conditioners in the Asia Pacific.
The European market is expected to be the second-largest market in terms of revenue in the near future. The North American market is expected to show an average growth in earnings over the forecast period. Markets in Latin America and the Middle East and Africa are expected to witness moderate growth in the global soil conditioner market over the forecast period.
Growing awareness regarding the condition of soil and its maintenance is driving the growth of soil conditioners. Soil conditioners neutralize rising food security concerns while promising production of good quality yields, which are factors to boost global market growth. Soil is a living entity: 87% of life on this planet is lived within the first 12 inches of soil, which is dying at an incredible rate, to the point where 80% of insect biomass has already disappeared. This is what has happened in the last 30 years. Several organizations and the government have already started working on spreading awareness regarding soil conditions. For instance, according to the BrandEssence Market Research Survey, 30% of the geographical area had already been affected due to land degradation, soil erosion, land sliding, and other human-induced activities. Hence, the demand for organic and inorganic soil conditioners is expected to increase to make the damaged soil more effective for agricultural use. This may increase the demand for soil conditioners in the market.
However, increasing demand for vegetables in daily meals and also increasing production of cereal crops are boosting the growth of the soil condition market. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in public awareness of the importance of eating a healthy diet. Due to this, the demand for vegetables is increasing greatly. According to the BrandEssence Market Research Survey report, in 2021, global consumption of vegetables was 503.99 million metric tons. As the impact of COVID-19 has increased citizens' concern for more healthy meals, this figure is likely to increase further in 2022. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that cereals provide 51% of calories and 47% of protein in the average diet. The total annual cereal production globally is about 2.510 million tons. Together, maize (corn), wheat, and rice account for more than three-fourths of all grain production worldwide. These numbers indicate that the use of agricultural land is increasing significantly. That's why soil requires regular fertilizer and soil conditioner treatments. All these factors are boosting the growth of the soil conditioner market.
Regulatory interventions in the form of new laws and standards are having a tremendous impact on the global conditioner market. Therefore, manufacturers of these conditioners in the market must implement the new regulations by adjusting their manufacturing processes and raw material usage as per the relevant laws. In 2014, the European Commission announced Regulation No. 889/2008, which prohibits the use of household waste in organic farming compost.
Nevertheless, spreading awareness regarding the advantages of soil conditioners through hard marketing activities and introduction of organic soil conditioners in developing and underdeveloped countries can create high revenue opportunities in the target market.
Geographically, Asia-Pacific is dominating the soil conditioner market. The region is set to continue flourishing in its dominance during the forecast period due to the large-scale availability of arable and fertile lands coupled with favorable climatic conditions. Rising soil erosion and soil degradation rates lead to profitable growth for the soil conditioner market in this region. In India, sampled soil across 174 districts and 13 states, including some main agricultural states such as Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Punjab, among others, is lacking 27.8% in iron and 39.9% in zinc. According to the National Soil Pollution Survey, 19% of Chinese farmland is reportedly contaminated by heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and arsenic. Due to the lack of such minerals and contamination, farmers in these areas are adopting soil treatment methods on a large scale. However, several governments as well as private organizations are imparting soil conservation training to the farmers through different methods, which has increased the concern among the farmers to maintain the agricultural land well. Due to this, the demand for different fertilizers as well as soil conditioners is increasing in this region. In the Brandessence market survey, it was found that China is the largest producer of fruits in the world, i.e., 51%. As well as Japan's sophisticated agricultural practices, India has long been considered the land of gold in agriculture. Due to all these factors, Asia-Pacific is dominating the regional soil conditioner market.
North America is the second largest market for soil conditioners. The US is one of the world's leading crop-producing countries and is characterized by technological innovation in farming practices and a regulatory framework conducive to industry dynamism. North America is one of the major producers of wheat and maize. Due to this, North America is considered to be the second largest market for soil conditioners.
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|Historical data||2018 - 2021|
|Forecast Period||2021 - 2028|
|Market Size in 2021:||USD 5.87 Billion|
|Base year considered||2020|
|Forecast Period CAGR %:||6.54%|
|Market Size Expected in 2028:||USD 8.59 Billion|
|Tables, Charts & Figures:||175|
|Soil Conditioner Manufacturers||BASF, Syngenta, Novozymes, Solvay, UPL, Clariant, Evonik Industries, Eastman Chemical Company, Croda International PLC, ADEKA Corporation, Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Aquatrols, Rallis India Limited, Humintech GmbH, GreenBest Ltd, Omnia Specialities Australia, Grow More, Inc., Geoponics Corp., Delbon and FoxFarm Soil & Fertilizer Co. and others.|
|Segments Covered||By Type, By Formulation, By Application, By Soil Type, By Crop Type|
|Regional Analysis||North America, U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Asia Pacific, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, South America, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, The Middle East and Africa, GCC, Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa|