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Agricultural Surfactants Market Analysis by Type (Non-Iconic, Anionic, Cationic, and Amphoteric); by Application (Herbicides, and Fungicides); by Substrate Type (Synthetic, and Bio-Based); and by Crop Type (Cereals & Grains, and Fruits & Vegetables) – Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2033

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Inflation And Looming Recession to Haunt Businesses:

In 2022 & 2023, market players expected to sail in rough waters; might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain. Further, U.S. economy is expected to grow merely by 3% in 2022.

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Purchasing power in the couPurchasing power in the country is expected to fell nearly by 2.5%. On the other hand, European countries to see the worst coming in the form of energy crisis especially in upcoming winters!! Right after COVID-19, inflation has started gripping the economies across the globe. Higher than anticipated inflation, especially in western world had raised concerns for national banks and financial institutions to control the economic loss and safeguard the interest of the businesses. Increased interest rates, strong USD inflated oil prices, looming prices for gas and energy resources due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, China economic slowdown (~4% in 2022) disrupting the production and global supply chain and other factors would impact each industry negatively.                                                         Request Insights

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  • BASF SE signed two partnerships to strengthen its place in bio-surfactants and actives market. The alliance made with Allied Carbon Solutions Co., Ltd helped BASF to increase consumer demand for safe natural products and Holiferm Ltd will help BASF to develop various glycolipids with fermentation-derived ingredients.
  • Wilbur-Ellis Holdings, Inc. introduced EMBRECE-EA, a unique combination of surfactants developed to improve the efficiency of fungicides, insecticides, and miticides. This will provide cultivators a premium coverage and high wetting of spray material on the leaf surface.

Global Agricultural Surfactants Market Highlights Over 2023 - 2033

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

 ~ USD 2 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 3 Billion

The global agricultural surfactants market is estimated to garner a revenue of around USD 3 Billion by the end of 2033 by growing at a CAGR of ~7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033. Further, the market generated a revenue of nearly USD 2 Billion in the year 2022. The growing demand for non-ionic surfactants is estimated to boost market growth. The use of surfactants decreases surface tension thereby increasing the efficiency of irrigation through increasing moisture retention. The application of non-ionic surfactants increased the irrigation profit by 20%.

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An increase in R&D initiatives to produce new products and goods is estimated to promote the growth of the market. As per Economic Research Service 2019, the total public agricultural R&D spending in the U.S was USD 5.16 billion.

Global Agricultural Surfactants Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Elevating Demand for Food – The increasing population across the world is rising the shortage of farming land, thereby elevating the demand for food. It is estimated that global demand for food will reach 60%-100% by 2050.
  • Scarcity of Agricultural Land – The number of lands for agriculture in the U.S reached 2,012,050 farms in 2021, with a decrease of 6,950 farms from 2020 as per the estimations.
  • Increase of Various Crop Diseases – As per the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 20-40% of the crop across the world is lost to pests each year.
  • Offers Low Toxicity to Plants – Bio-surfactants are proved to be safe at concentrations equal to or less than 0.25 mg/ml.
  • Increasing Production of Bio-Surfactants – The sales of bio-surfactants in 2018 were USD 2 billion with about 440 thousand tons and are estimated to reach USD 3 billion in 2023.


  • Limited Use of Chemicals and Pesticides
  • Use of Genetically Modified Seeds
  • High Demand for Green Solutions

The global agricultural surfactants market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into herbicides and fungicides. Out of which, the herbicides segment is anticipated to hold the largest market size by the end of 2033 on the back of the improvement of spray droplet absorption and penetration of active contents into the plant foliage is estimated to fuel the market growth. The addition of adjuvants such as surfactants to the spray solution will change the density and viscosity of droplets thus improving the penetration and wettability of the plants which directly impacts the evaporation rate of droplets. As per the observations, the density of glyphosate solution is increased by 2% with the addition of synthetic adjuvant when compared to glyphosate alone.

Major Macro-Economic Indicators Impacting the Market Growth


The chemical industry is a major component of the economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2020, for the U.S., the value added by chemical products as a percentage of GDP was around 1.9%. Additionally, according to the World Bank, the Chemical industry in the U.S. accounted for 16.43% of manufacturing value-added in 2018. With the growing demand from end-users, the market for chemical products is expected to grow in the future. According to UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the sales of chemicals are projected to almost double from 2017 to 2030. In the current scenario, Asia Pacific is the largest chemical producing and consuming region. China has the world’s largest chemical industry, which accounted for annual sales of approximately more than USD 1.5 trillion, or about more than one-third of global sales, in recent years. Additionally, a vast consumer base and favorable government policies have boosted investment in China’s chemical industry. The easy availability of low-cost raw materials & labor, as well as government subsidies and relaxed environmental norms, have served as a production base for key vendors globally. On the other hand, according to the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), the chemical industry in India was valued at 163 billion in 2019 and it contributed 3.4% to the global chemical industry. It ranks 6th in global chemical production. This statistic shows the lucrative opportunity for investment in businesses in Asia Pacific countries in the upcoming years

Global Agricultural Surfactants Market Regional Synopsis

Regionally, the global agricultural surfactants market is studied into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. Amongst these markets, the market in North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 owing to government initiatives to increase the crop yield in order to provide a constant supply of raw materials for food, feed, and biofuel industries. It is observed that 40% of corn from the U.S ends up in the production of biofuel.


The global agricultural surfactants market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark), Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe), Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

Market Segmentation

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

By Type

  • Non-Iconic
  • Anionic
  • Cationic
  • Amphoteric

By Application

  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides

By Substrate Type

  • Synthetic
  • Bio-Based

By Crop Type

  • Cereals & Grains
  • Fruits & Vegetables

Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Agricultural Surfactants Market

    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis
  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • Solvay Group
  • Wilbur-Ellis Holdings, Inc.
  • Croda International Plc.
  • The DOW Chemical Company
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • Nufarm Limited
  • Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC



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