Africa Biofertilizers Market - Segmented by Microorganism and Geography- Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)

Africa Biofertilizers Market - Segmented by Microorganism and Geography- Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)

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The Africa biofertilizers market was valued at USD 44.5 million in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2018-2023).

In East African countries, including Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania, low demand due to lack of awareness and understanding of biofertilizers has resulted in the poor development of the biofertilizers sector. Despite the potential of biofertilizers, rapid market growth remains a challenge in eastern Africa, not only because of the high cost of production but also due to limited demand. Limited awareness among farmers, poorly developed marketing channels, infrastructure, and skill, and absence of a supportive regulatory framework in Africa have negatively impacted the use of biofertilizers in the region. In Sub-Saharan Africa, most of the biofertilizer products are imported and are generally not customized to the local conditions, in terms of shelf-life and storage conditions. For instance, some biofertilizers require storage in a cool place for extended shelf-life. However, access to refrigerators or power is a huge challenge in high-temperature countries in the region. Also, the untapped and developing markets of Africa may provide a substantial growth opportunity for the biofertilizers market in the region.

Need for Improving Soil Organic Matter

Over the past few years, conventional farming practices were being extensively carried out in agriculture, which made use of synthetic fertilizers for providing essential plant nutrients to the soil. An overuse of these fertilizers destroyed the soil, by rescinding the soil of its essential nutrients and thereby causing degradation of the soil. Hence, in order to improve the quality of soil, there is a need to make use of an alternative method, such as using biofertilizers, which can help in improving the quality of the soil, without depriving it of the essential nutrients. Using biofertilizers also helps in scaling up the nutrient intake of plants, which is also essential to the current scenario. Biofertilizers, such as Rhizobium, Azospirillum, and Phosphobacteria deliver nitrogen and phosphorous nutrients to crop plants through nitrogen fixation and phosphorous solubilization processes. These biofertilizers are utilized for rice, pulses, millets, cotton, sugarcane, and other horticulture crops. Since biofertilizers are capable of boosting the soil organic matter, it is considered to be one of the most important components of soil management, in the current paradigm.


Existing High Demand for Synthetic Fertilizers

There is still a huge demand for synthetic fertilizers, as they have lower prices when compared to its biological alternatives. Some of the raw materials required for synthetic fertilizers are directly available in nature and require less innovation, whereas biofertilizers need advanced innovation with huge investments, which ultimately affects the price of the product. This is one of the major hindrances in shifting to using biofertilizers. Due to high costs and lack of awareness regarding biofertilizers and the harmful impacts of their synthetic counterparts, i.e. synthetic fertilizers, small-scale farmers in developing countries are still preferring to use synthetic fertilizers. Additionally, synthetic fertilizers have the capability of showing results within short time spans after usage, which is also an important reason behind the existing demand for the same. In order to reap quick benefits and achieve results soon, farmers have an apathy to shift to biofertilizers. This existing demand for synthetic fertilizers, due to the above-mentioned factors is restraining biofertilizers usage.

South Africa Dominates the Biofertilizers Market in terms of Revenue

The South African biofertilizers market was valued at USD 29.3 million and was accounted for 65% of revenue for African biofertilizers market in 2017. Despite the ability of biofertilizers to sustainably increase the yields, along with significant economic benefit, they are not widely available to and also not adopted by smallholder farmers in South Africa. This further leads to the growing need for increased investments in localized research, the involvement of private and public sectors in the production of biofertilizers, establishment of effective regulations, and promotion of a favorable environment for the growth of the biofertilizers market in the country.


Key Developments in the Market

May 2018 – Rizobacter invests USD 2 million to upgrade its logistic and operational security system, as a part of the strategic plan to enhance its storage capacity.

June 2017– BioAg launched the new season of Bio Advantage trials with video Vontent series.

Major Players of Africa Biofertilizers Market

The major players include – Lallemand Inc., Monsanto BioAg, Rizobacter, Symborg, and others.

Africa Biofertilizers Market Report Summary




Biofertilizers Market

Study Period

(2014 – 2023)

Growth Rate


Largest Market Share by Revenue

South Africa

Companies Covered

Lallemand Inc., Monsanto BioAg, Rizobacter, Symborg, and others.

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1. Introduction                                                                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                                                                    

                1.2 Key Findings of the Study                                                                     

2. Research Scope and Methodology                                                                                     

                2.1 Study Deliverables                                                                  

                2.2 Study Assumptions                                                                 

                2.3 Research Methodology                                                                         

                2.4 Research Phases                                                                      

3. Market Dynamics                                                                                       

                3.1 Drivers                                                                          

                                3.1.1 Increasing Organic Agricultural Land                                                             

                                3.1.2 Need for Improving Soil Orgainc Matter                                                     

                                3.1.3 High Demand for Nitrogen-Fixing Biofertilizer                                                         

                3.2 Restraints                                                                    

                                3.2.1 Absence of Supportive Regulatory Framework                                                       

                                3.2.2 Existing High Demand for Synthetic Fertilizers                                                         

                                3.2.3 Inefficient Marketing Channels and Infrastructure                                                

4. Industry Analysis                                                                                        

                4.1 Porter's Five Forces Analysis                                                                               

                                4.1.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers                                                             

                                4.1.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers                                                        

                                4.1.3 Threat of New Entrants                                                     

                                4.1.4 Threat of Substitutes                                                          

                                4.1.5 Competitive Rivalry                                                             

5. Market Segmentation                                                                                              

                5.1 By Microorganism                                                                    

                                5.1.1 Rhizobium                                                               

                                5.1.2 Azotobacter                                                           

                                5.1.3 Azospirillum                                                            

                                5.1.4 Blue-Green Algae                                                

                                5.1.5 Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria                                                      

                                5.1.6 Mycorrhiza                                                              

                                5.1.7 Other Microorganisms                                                       

                5.2 By Country                                                                  

                                5.2.1 South Africa                                                            

                                5.2.2 Kenya                                                        

                                5.2.3 Uganda                                                     

                                5.2.4 Tanzania                                                   

                                5.2.5 Egypt                                                         

                                5.2.6 Sudan                                                        

                                5.2.7 Rest of Africa                                                            

6. Competitive Landscape                                                                                           

                6.1 Most Adopted Strategies                                                                     

                6.2 Most Active Companies                                                                        

                6.3 Market Share Analysis                                                                           

7. Company Profiles                                                                                       

                7.1 Bio Protan                                                                   

                7.2 Farmisco (Pty) Ltd.                                                                  

                7.3 Lallemand Inc.                                                                           

                7.4 Mapleton Agri Biotec Pty Ltd                                                                              

                7.5 Monsanto BioAg                                                                      

                7.6 Novozymes A/S                                                                        

                7.7 Nutramax Laboratories Inc.                                                                 

                7.8 Rizobacter                                                                   

                7.9 Symborg                                                                      

                7.10 T.Stanes & Company Limited                                                                            

8. Future Outlook of the Market                                                                                              

9. Appendix                                                                                       

10. Disclaimer                                                                                   

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