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Foliar fertilizer market witnessing increasing penetration of nitrogen-based variants

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World Fertilizer,

Foliar fertilizers are steadily gaining ground in the agriculture industry as an effective multifaceted solution to enhance plant vitals. Increasing importance of crop nutrition, backed by the rising government initiatives continues to influence the demand for foliar fertilizers. Sales of foliar fertilizers are expected to increase on the back of the increasing demand for agricultural produce worldwide. These insights are according to a new study on foliar fertilizer market. According to the report, demand for foliar fertilizer is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4% with respect to volume during the period of forecast, 2018 – 2028. Steady demand for foliar fertilizer is likely to translate into significant sales volumes crossing 3.4 million t by the end of the assessment period.

Effective training programmes provided by the governments regarding the use of foliar fertilizer continues to remain instrumental in driving the foliar fertilizer sales worldwide. Moreover, subsidy provisions by governments in fertilizer space has translated into increased farmer confidence in using the foliar fertilizer, says the report. For instance, the government of India has declared a subsidy of around US$10 billion in 2018 encouraging the farmers to improve the agricultural yield. Rising awareness regarding benefits of foliar fertilizer is expected to contribute to the growing sales volumes of the product in the coming years.

Foliar fertilizer sales with nitrogen composition are likely to be on an upswing on the back of the growing demand for the nutrient in crop rejuvenation. Nitrogen, a key element in crop health, facilitates efficient photosynthesis, protein production and overall plant physiology. This report opines that sales volume of foliar fertilizer with nitrogen composition is estimated to cross 1.8 million t by 2019 end. On the contrary, the demand for potassium foliar fertilizer is projected to grow at a relatively rapid pace in the light of high pest and disease resistance and fruit quality enhancing properties. Potassium foliar fertilizer also facilitates rapid formation and movement of sugars, starches and oils in crops, in turn, enhancing the plant nutrition.

Sales of mineral foliar fertilizer are expected to gain increasing momentum across key regional markets. Mineral foliar fertilizer is expected to account for a major share in the overall foliar fertilizer market as compared to the organic foliar fertilizer. However, organic foliar fertilizer is expected to gain traction on the back of larger profit margins that they offer. Against this backdrop, manufacturers and suppliers of organic foliar fertilizer are introducing new products. For instance, Gronn Gjodsel AS has introduced Pepton 85/16, an organic foliar fertilizer featuring high nutritional content.

The demand for foliar fertilizer in enhancing fruits and veritable health is expected to soar at a significant pace during the period of forecast. However, sales of foliar fertilizer for cereals and grains are expected to account for a larger value and volume share in the foliar fertilizer market.

Sales of foliar fertilizer are likely to remain concentrated in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region, particularly in the emerging economies of China and India. The APEJ region’s growing agriculture industry coupled with the increasing population rates are expected to create avenues for foliar fertilizer manufacturers, according to the report. In addition, the demand for foliar fertilizer in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, is projected to expand at a robust rate throughout the forecast period.

Albeit nutritional benefits, foliar burn is expected to challenge the growth of the foliar fertilizer market. Foliar fertilizer feeding permits the nutrients to enter the vascular system of the plant through direct stem and lead absorption. However, improper foliar fertilizer application, can be detrimental to the plant’s health. In bright sunlight, application of foliar fertilizer can result in foliar burns owing to liquid deposition on leaf, resulting in heat amplification. This aspect is likely to dent farmers’ confidence about foliar fertilizer and impact the sales.

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