Adjuvants sprays to play a major role in controlling variables and enhancing efficacy of pesticides, says Fortune Business insights in a report, titled “Agricultural Spray Adjuvants Market Size, Share and Global Trend By Type (Activator adjuvants, Utility adjuvants), Chemical Group (Alkoxylates, Sulfonates, Organosilicones), Source (Vegetable Oil-based, Petroleum Oil-based), Formulation (In-formulation, Tank-mix), Application (Herbicides, Fungicides, Insecticides), Crop Type (Cereals, Oilseeds, Fruits and Vegetables, Turf and Ornamentals) Forecast till 2026”. Fewer restrictions and unawareness about the use of adjuvant sprays are some of the constraining factors for the growth of agricultural adjuvants market.
List of prominent companies that are operating in the global Agricultural Spray Adjuvants Market are:
- Huntsman Corporation,
- Helena Agri-Enterprises,
- Stepan Company,
- Drexel Chemical, and others.
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Increased Demand For Pesticides Is One Of The Main Drivers For Agricultural Adjuvants Market
Adjuvants are chemicals added to a pesticide by users to improve the pesticide’s efficiency. Rising demand for crop protection chemicals is the prime factor which is contributing to the growth of the global market for agricultural spray adjuvants. Increasing awareness about the benefits of using pesticides, keeping in mind the environmental aspects has summoned considerable attention in recent years will aid the expansion of the market.
The use of pesticides has led to the contamination of water bodies causing severe environmental problems. Adjuvant sprayed at the time of use can unknowingly drift leaving water contaminated, this can happen due to weather conditions, physical and chemical properties of the pesticide. Environmental concerns associated with the use of adjuvants may hamper the market’s growth trajectory to an extent.
Contamination in Water Bodies by Pesticides is Leading to Strict Regulatory Actions
Out of all groundwater stations in Europe, 7% were reported to have excessive levels of pesticides by PAN Europe. PAN Europe works to solve the problem of contamination by pesticides in European freshwater, particularly emphasizing on the effects of endocrine disrupting pesticides on aquatic ecosystems. Agricultural adjuvants business is primarily focused on self-regulation, which is interpreted as “trade secrets.”
Although the variety of adjuvant products are generally the same, they could vary by slight differences in components, a combination of products having different functionalities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates adjuvant formulations, but it does not strictly regulate the manufacture and use of adjuvant products.
Adjuvants are combined and blended with pesticide spray mixture or the pesticide product to improve the quality and the physical properties of the spray mixture. A spray of crop protection chemicals is majorly affected by various physical variables such as pesticide stability, solubility, compatibility, foaming, droplet size, suspension, surface tension, coverage, volatilization, penetration, and others.
Major segmentation includes:
- Activator adjuvants (Surfactants and Oil-based adjuvants)
- Utility adjuvants (Compatibility agents, Buffers/acidifiers, Drift control agents, Antifoam agents, Water conditioners)
By Chemical Group
- Other Chemical Groups
- Vegetable Oil-based
- Petroleum Oil-based
- Other Applications
By Crop Type
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Turf and Ornamentals
- Other Crops
Adjuvants play a major role in regulating these variables to improve overall pesticide effectiveness. Some of the more commonly used adjuvants include drift retardants, wetter-spreaders, stickers, buffers, and foam retardants. Research studies showed that agricultural adjuvants costs around US$ 0.75-1.0 per acre along with herbicides which supports and improves the absorption of spray by 50-85%. This factor is predicted to attract more buyers and aid in the expansion of agricultural spray adjuvants market.
North America and Europe to Have the Biggest Market for Agricultural Spray Adjuvants
North America and Europe currently hold dominance in the global agricultural spray adjuvants market. Strict regulations taken for the use of crop protection chemicals to protect the environment from hazardous effects are driving the market for agricultural adjuvants in North America and Europe.
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