GVR Report cover Agricultural Adjuvants Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Agricultural Adjuvants Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Activator Adjuvants, Utility Adjuvants), By Application (Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides), By Crop, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-903-5
  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global agricultural adjuvants market size was valued at USD 3.4 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to expand at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2021 to 2028. The growth of the market is expected to be driven by the growing demand for effective insecticides across the globe. Moreover, increasing pesticide utilization in agriculture to increase crop production and yield is also driving the demand for agricultural adjuvants. Various types of adjuvants are used with pesticides for different purposes to increase pesticide penetration, wetting, and better retention, among others.

U.S. agricultural adjuvants market size, by type, 2018 - 2028 (USD Million)

The increasing demand for food and beverages globally owing to the growing population is also a major factor for the agricultural adjuvants market. To meet the current demand for food, farmers are focusing on increasing the production and yield of the crops by using suitable pesticides which are driving the market. As adjuvants are made up of chemicals and petrochemicals, during production they may go under various chemical processes that release toxic gases and wastes. Adjuvants can be beneficial for the crop but can give harmful effects while consumption.

Various regulatory authorities such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among others address them by mapping and monitoring the toxicity emission within permissible levels. Regulations on agricultural adjuvants by various authorities in different nations are the major restraining factors for the market. For instance, in Brazil, the regulation for adjuvants was the same as the regulation for agrichemicals (Law 7,802 regulated by Decree 4,074) until 2017. In 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply (MAPA) is addressing the agricultural adjuvants in Brazil.

The demand for green adjuvant is expected to be high in the near future. Increasing focus on health and wellness among consumers is one of the major factors for the growth of green adjuvants. Consumers are gradually inclined toward organically produced foods in the U.S. Hence, companies are focusing on developing bio-based eco-friendly adjuvants such as organo-modified siloxanes, modified vegetable oils, and methylated seed oil, among others.

Type Insights

The activator adjuvants segment led the market for agricultural adjuvants and accounted for 70% of the global revenue share in 2020. They are extensively used in agrochemicals owing to ready availability and low price compared to utility adjuvants. The activator adjuvants include surfactants (non-ionic, cationic, and anionic) and oil carriers. Surfactants are the most commonly recommended adjuvants on herbicides mostly for systemic and water-soluble herbicides.

The utility adjuvants segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 3.5% over the forecast period owing to the increasing use of pesticides to limit various unwanted things in the cropland. Utility adjuvants are of various types depending on the application. Key utility adjuvants include compatibility agents, drift control agents, buffering agents, and water conditioning agents.

Application Insights

The herbicide segment led the market for agricultural adjuvants and accounted for 48.6% of the global revenue share in 2020. Herbicides are extensively used pesticides in the agricultural sector. They are used to control various types of unwanted plants in the crops such as weeds. According to FAO, in 2019 over 2 million tons of herbicides were consumed globally. This is twice the number of insecticides used in 2019.

The insecticide segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for various crops such as cereals, grains, fruits, and vegetables, among others. They are found effective to prevent early germination pest attacks in various crops.

Crop Insights

The cereal and grains segment led the market for agricultural adjuvants and accounted for 38.9% of the global revenue share in 2020. Cereal and grains are the largest consuming class of crop mostly in the Asia Pacific.  The increasing consumption of cereal and grains such as rice, wheat, rye, corn, oats, sorghum, and barley in various other regions is driving the demand for agricultural adjuvants. Non-ionic surfactants along with agrochemicals are mainly recommended for cereals and grains.

Global agricultural adjuvants market share, by crop, 2020 (%)

The fruits and vegetable segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the growing demand for fresh vegetables across the globe owing to the increasing health consciousness among consumers. According to the Horticultural Statistic at A Glance 2018, the production of fruits increased from 74.9 million tons to 97.4 million tons from 2010-11 to 2017-18. Similarly, the production of vegetables increased from 133.7 million tons to 184.4 million tons from 2010-11 to 2017-18.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market for agricultural adjuvants and accounted for a 36.8% share of global revenue in 2020, on account of several factors, including increasing demand for improved varieties of crops, increasing population, and the presence of countries with vast arable lands. The region’s per capita income is majorly dependent on the agricultural sector. Due to urbanization and industrialization in the region, the total arable land is shrinking. Thus, agriculturists opt for agrochemicals that help in increasing productivity and yield. Countries such as India, China, and Japan are the major contributors to regional market growth.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Asia Pacific is the largest producer of agricultural commodities. The Asia Pacific is expected to account for 53% of the global output of agricultural products and fish by 2030.  

North America is anticipated to expand at a revenue-based CAGR of 2.7% over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the factors such as increasing focus on agricultural activities in the countries such as the U.S. and Canada. The adoption of new agricultural techniques such as precision farming is expected to boost the demand for agrochemicals in the region is expected to increase the demand for agricultural adjuvants.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market for agricultural adjuvants is highly competitive due to the presence of a large number of tier I, tier II, and local players. Manufacturers in the market offer a wide range of agricultural adjuvants including activity and utility adjuvants, for various applications such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, among others. Competition among players is based on numerous parameters including quality, product offerings, innovation, sustainability, eco-friendly products offerings, corporate reputation, and price.

New product launches, innovation, geographical expansion, distribution network expansion, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions are some of the key strategies being adopted by the players to strengthen their position in the market and gain a higher market share. For instance, in May 2020, Clariant AG launched its new formulation NBP. It is a new polar aprotic solvent for use in agricultural adjuvants Genagen formulations. Some of the prominent players in the agricultural adjuvants market include:

  • Clariant AG

  • Solvay

  • Corteva Agriscience

  • The Dow Chemical Company

  • Huntsman International LLC.

  • Evonik Industries AG

  • Ingevity

  • Nufarm Limited

  • Croda International PLC


  • Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, LLC.

  • Helena Chemical Company

  • WinField United

  • Wilbur-Ellis Company LLC

  • Stepan Company

Agricultural Adjuvants Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 3.5 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 4.8 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.1% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Volume in tons, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, application, crop, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; U.K.; Italy; China; Japan; India; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; Colombia; Saudi Arabia; UAE; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Clariant AG; Solvay; Corteva Agriscience; The Dow Chemical Company; Huntsman International LLC; Evonik Industries AG; Ingevity; Nufarm Limited; Croda International PLC; BASF SE; Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, LLC.; Helena Chemical Company; WinField United; Wilbur-Ellis Company LLC; Stepan Company

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global agricultural adjuvants market report based on type, application, crop, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Activator Adjuvants

      • Surfactants

      • Oil-based Adjuvants

    • Utility Adjuvants

      • Compatibility Agents

      • Drift Control Agents

      • Buffering Agents

      • Water Condition Agents

      • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Herbicides

    • Insecticides

    • Fungicides

    • Others

  • Crop Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Cereal & Grains

    • Oilseeds & Pulses

    • Fruits & Vegetables

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • U.K.

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • South Africa

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