Agricultural Films Market Size & Share, by Application (Geo-Membrane, Greenhouse, Mulch, Silage & Stretch Films); Polymer Type (LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, EVA, EBA, Reclaims) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

  • Report ID: 2739
  • Published Date: Feb 27, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Agricultural Films Market size is expected to cross USD 18 Billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of agricultural films was over USD 12 Billion. The worldwide increasing population which has further estimated to boost the demand for food is estimated to fuel the market growth during the coming years. As per The World Bank data, the world’s population in 2018 was 7.6 billion and increased to 7.84 billion in 2021. Hence has population is increasing the production of food all across the globe. Food is essential part of population’s life since it provides nutrition to them. However, producing more food is huge challenge for farmers. Hence they are seen adopting more sustainable method of agriculture in order to provide quality food. Hence the adoption for agriculture films is anticipated to increase.

The use of biodegradable films in agriculture, helps to increase crop yield and improve water use efficiency by retaining soil moisture and increasing soil temperature. Therefore, increasing use of biodegradable films and government regulations to use traditional plastic in crop products are major factors expected to rise the farm films market growth during the forecast period. For instance, as per the observations, in 2018 the use of polyethylene plastic film rose the crop yield to 1.5 million cubic tons or over 18 million hectares which is equal to more than 14% of the total fertile land of China. Furthermore, significantly increasing demand to lower the soil erosion and compaction are some further factors that are fueling up the growth of the market over the forecast period.

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Agricultural Films Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Use of Greenhouse Films – With rapid urbanization, agricultural land scarcity was created. But the population is growing each year, and the sudden occurrence of the pandemic made the situation worse. All these are estimated to raise the demand for greenhouses owing to agricultural films market growth. For instance, greenhouse films are 100% eco-friendly, renewable, and have more than 4 years of durability.
  • Increasing Use in Fruit and Vegetable Cultivation – Film farming methods are estimated to utilize less than 90% of water compared to conventional farming methods.
  • Increasing Controlled Agriculture Owing to Lack of Agricultural Land – For instance, current operating indoor farms across the world reached 17 million square feet in 2021 and are estimated to reach 22 million square feet in 2022.
  • Increasing Weeds in Crop – Mulch film with 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) effectively prevented the growth of broadleaf weed species with only 1% MCPA concentration with sustainable release.
  • Increasing Nano Greenhouse for More Agricultural Productivity – For instance, nano greenhouses increase plant development by increasing natural warming and rises productivity by over 28%.


  • Pollution and Global Warming Risk - Plastic is progressively have been used in agricultural production. These films are used as silage and stretch films, as well as mulching films, to restrict weed development, raise soil temperatures, and reduce soil water evaporation, as well as topsoil and nutrient losses after heavy rain. These variables boost agricultural yields, extend the growing season, and lower the need for irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticide treatments. Plastic mulch films, on the other hand, have been discovered to be a major source of macro- and micro plastic pollution and global warming, and their extensive and long-term use, along with a lack of organized collection and management, leads to their accumulation in soils. Therefore, this factor is estimated to hinder the market growth over the forecast period.
  • Disruption of Raw Materials During COVID
  • Rise of Volatile Petrochemical Prices

Agricultural Films Market: Key Insights

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Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

USD 12 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

USD 18 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Agricultural Films Segmentation

Polymer Type (LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, EVA, EBA, Reclaims)

The global agricultural films market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by polymer type into LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, EVA, EBA, reclaims, and others. Out of these, the LLDPE segment is anticipated to hold the largest market size by the end of 2033 on account of low production cost, high product performance, resist high temperature, and the barrier of moisture. Also, advancements in LLDPE to resist puncture increase the strength of the film. For instance, the puncture force of metallocene catalyst no treated and treated LLDPE are at a ratio of 90:10 and puncture energy of 15N and 289mJ rising by 35% and 16%.

Application (Geo-Membrane, Greenhouse, Mulch, Silage & Stretch Films)

The global agricultural films market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into geo-membrane, greenhouse, mulch, and silage & stretch films. Amongst these segments, the mulch segment is anticipated to garner the largest revenue by the end of 2033. The growth of this segment can be attribute to growing need for quality crops all across the globe. Mulch film, which is made to cover the soil, is frequently used for crops that are sown from saplings. The major goal of this light degradable mulch film is to safeguard crops by avoiding weed growth from impeding plant growth. Crops and soil are also shielded from potential bad weather by mulch plastic film. Also, there has been growing urge to reduce use of fertilizers in cultivation of crops. Excessive use of fertilizers is estimated to lead to nutrient loss, contamination of ground water & surface water, reduce useful microbes, and more. Hence the adoption of mulch films is estimated to increase.

Our in-depth analysis of the global agricultural films market includes the following segments:

           By Application

  • Geo-Membrane
  • Greenhouse
  • Mulch
  • Silage & Stretch Films

           By Polymer Type

  • LDPE
  • HDPE
  • EVA
  • EBA
  • Reclaims
  • Others

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Agricultural Films Industry - Regional Synopsis

Asia Pacific Market Forecast

The Asia Pacific agricultural films market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 on the back of increasing interest in greenhouse production or protected agriculture, in which the use of greenhouse film is significantly rising, along with the rising population in the region. Asia Pacific region covers half of the total 489,200 hectares of vegetable greenhouse production in the world. Also, there has been a growing demand for food in this region and it is high in India and China. For instance, with about 3 lbs. per person every day, China has the largest vegetable consumption worldwide. However, owing to the arable land the area for cultivation cannot be increased. As a result, managed agriculture is adopted to meet the region's expanding population's needs. Therefore, the demand for agricultural films in this region is increasing.

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Companies Dominating the Agricultural Films Landscape

    • Berry Global Inc.
      • Company Overview
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      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • BASF SE
    • The Dow Chemical Company
    • Trioplast Industrier AB
    • Ab Rani Plast Oy
    • Britton Group Inc.
    • Plastika Kritis S.A.
    • Industrial Development Company sal
    • Coveris Management GmbH
    • RKW Group

In the News

  • Berry Global Inc. associated with Cleanfarms and Poly-Ag Recycling to develop Canada’s circular economy. This recycling initiative was to recover used grain bags, and agricultural films and produce new content. The recycled farm films of Cleanfarms are reprocessed by Poly-Ag and used by Berry in the packaging of newly manufactured products.

  • Coveris Management GmbH launched a new stretch film for wrapping silage bale. This new film comprises 30% of recycled content from used agricultural films which saved 20 liters of mineral oil per one roll production.

Author Credits:  Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 2739
  • Published Date: Feb 27, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rising use of films in greenhouses and increasing weeds in crop are the major factors driving the growth of the agricultural films market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

Pollution and global warming risk and disruption of raw materials during pandemic are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are Berry Global Inc., BASF SE The Dow Chemical Company, Trioplast Industrier AB, Ab Rani Plast Oy, Britton Group Inc., Plastika Kritis S.A., Industrial Development Company sal, Coveris Management GmbH, and RKW Group.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by application, polymer type, and by region.

The mulch segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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