The report " Liquid Fertilizers Market by Type (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Micronutrients), Mode of Application (Soil, Foliar, and Fertigation), Major Compounds (CAN, UAN, MAP, DAP, and Potassium Nitrate), Crop Type, and Region - Global Forecast To 2025", The global liquid fertilizers market size is estimated to be valued at USD 2.4 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach a value of USD 3.0 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period. Factors such as the rise in demand for high-efficiency fertilizers and an increase in crop varieties are projected to drive the growth of the liquid fertilizers market.
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Driver: Growth in demand for enhanced high-efficiency fertilizers
Enhanced, efficient application of liquid fertilizers ensures that crops and plants receive nutrients in an amount that is required at the right time and at the right place, with minimum wastage. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEF) are growing substantially in the agriculture industry in various fields such as cereals and industrial crops, as a result of the emergence of new urease inhibitors and inexpensive polymer coating technologies. Such application of enhanced efficiency fertilizers also helps in reducing the negative impact of nutrients by way of leaching into water reservoirs.
Restraint: High handling costs
One of the major restraints in the growth of the liquid fertilizers market is the high storage cost of liquid fertilizers, along with the high cost of installation. Liquid fertilizers are water-soluble. The cost of mixing the nutrients in the water is high, and so is the cost of transportation, as fertilizers in the liquid form require distinctive handling and storage facilities. This is hindering the growth of the market around the globe, especially in regions such as Africa and the Middle East due to the lack of awareness about the application of liquid fertilizers.
By major compounds, the calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) segment to be the fastest-growing segment in the market during the forecast period.
Calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) is the most widely used nitrogen fertilizer due to its relatively high nutrient content and physical properties, such as high solubility, which helps in quickly dissolving into the soil. It contains calcium and magnesium, which help in improving the efficiency of absorbing nitrogen by the roots and reduce nitrogen losses, making the fertilization more profitable; this also protects subsoil waters against pollution by nitrogen compounds. CAN is used more in the case of acidic soils as it does not further acidify the soil. It is majorly used for wheat, barley, fruits, and vegetables. Increasing adoption of drip and sprinkler irrigation is projected to increase the demand for CAN fertilizers during the forecast period.
By mode of application, the fertigation segment is projected to be the fastest-growing segment in the liquid fertilizers market during the forecast period.
Fertigation is an agricultural technique, which includes water and fertilizer application through irrigation. This process provides an opportunity to maximize the yield and minimize environmental pollution. Moreover, through fertigation, a farmer can uniformly apply nutrients throughout the field, whenever required. This market is projected to grow due to the adoption of efficient irrigation systems globally.
The advantage of fertigation is that it requires less labor, time, energy, and water. This mode of application is gaining importance due to its reliability and efficacy. However, to get the desired results using this method, proper knowledge of the system and efficient management are required. Fertigation is used in fields of row crops, horticultural crops, fruit crops, vegetable crops, and ornamental flowering crops. There has been a shift in farming practices toward holistic approaches that include both fertilizer and water application techniques, which is a key factor that is projected to drive the growth of this market in the next five years, particularly in North America and Europe.
South America is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
The market for liquid fertilizers in the South America region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2020 to 2025. According to FAOSTAT, Brazil is the largest producer of agricultural products due to the availability of abundant land and rural labor force, followed by Argentina. The growth in South America is majorly attributed to by the increase in the adoption of agrochemicals and advancements in farming techniques in Brazil and Argentina with distribution channels established by global agrochemical players. Due to these factors, the market in the South America region is projected to record the highest growth from 2020 to 2025.
This report includes a study on the marketing and development strategies, along with a study on the product portfolios of the leading companies operating in the liquid fertilizers market. It includes the profiles of leading companies such as Nutrien, Ltd. (Canada), Yara International ASA (Norway), Israel Chemical Ltd. (Israel), K+S Aktiengesellschaft (Germany), Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) (Chile), The Mosaic Company (US), EuroChem Group (Switzerland), CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(US), OCP Group (Morocco), OCI Nitrogen (Netherlands), Wilbur-Ellis (US), Compass Minerals (US), Kugler (US), Haifa Group (Israel), COMPO Expert GmbH (Germany), AgroLiquid (US), Plant Food Company, Inc. (US), Foxfarm Soil and Fertilizer Company (California), Agro Bio Chemicals (India), Agzon Agro (India), BrandT (US), Nufarm (Australia), Plant Fuel Nutrients, LLC (US), Nutri-tech solutions (Australia) and Valagro SPA (Italy).