Agricultural Plastics Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecast - 2029

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> Global Agricultural Plastics Market Expected to reach a high CAGR of 5.6% by 2029: DataM Intelligence

Global Agricultural Plastics Market is segmented By Material (Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyolefin, Polly-Vinyl Chloride (PVC), Ethylene-Vinyl Accetate Copolymer (EVA), Others), By Application (Plant Protection Films, Water Management, Silage, Shading Nets, Nursery Pots, Others), By Region (North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, & Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029

The "global Agricultural Plastics market" is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period.

Agricultural Plastics Market Overview Analysis



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Material ,  By Application, and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Plastic Sheets, Rods, Tubing, and Films used in the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of agricultural products, as well as plastics used in equipment and machinery for bins, chutes, and liners, are examples of agricultural plastic materials. The increasing use of plastics in agriculture has assisted farmers in increasing crop production, improving food quality, and lowering their ecological footprint. Plastics not only allow vegetables and fruits to be grown in any season, but they are usually of higher quality than those grown in an open field. Plastic irrigation pipes reduce water and nutrient waste, rainwater can be retained in reservoirs made of plastic, and pesticide use can be reduced by keeping crops in a closed space such as a greenhouse or for mulching under a plastic film. Additionally, the pesticide emissions are also reduced as most of it sticks to the plastic covers. Usage of plastics in agriculture helps to save more water, keeps the temperature constant, and enables crops to be planted even in deserted areas. The growing demand for vegan food and vegetables is also expected to boost the agricultural plastics market.

Market Dynamics


Agricultural benefits of using plastics and growing food consumption are expected to boost the market.

According to reports, the total agricultural land area used in the production of bioplastics in 2019 was approximately 517,400 hectares. This figure is expected to rise to 1.1 million hectares by 2025, an estimated increase of over 110% in these 6 years. In 2019, 791,000 hectares of agricultural land were used to produce bioplastics, which accounts for 0.015 percent of the world's agricultural land. The 1 million hectares of the agricultural land area estimated to be used for bioplastic production in 2025 is expected to hold approximately 0.020 percent of global agricultural land. For example, Germany's businesses produced nearly 39% more meat alternative products in 2020 than the previous year. The production increased from just under 60.4 thousand tonnes to well over 83.7 thousand tonnes, according to the FSO.

Biodegradable plastics are expected to boost the market.

The global production of plastics has been growing steadily in the past decade as their demand has been increasing due to the various applications they can be used for. According to data, Plastics production totaled around 368 million metric tonnes worldwide in 2019 and is expected to grow during the forecast period.

As plastics are non-biodegradable, they must be recycled to reduce environmental damage. According to UN Environment Program research, approximately 400 million tonnes of single-use plastic are accumulated globally, with only 9 percent recycled. Many plastic waste management techniques have been developed, including landfills, incineration, and recycling of plastics. But these have environmental drawbacks.

Biodegradable plastics act as good substitutes for agricultural purposes. They have the same properties as standard mulch plastics and thus help to suppress the weed, stabilize the room temperature, preserve the nutrients and humidity of the soil, and improve the plant's stable development. Their widespread use eliminates the possibility of any negative environmental impact. Research conducted in Spain showed that the biodegradation of these plastics takes place in 3 months and this process can further be accelerated. Between 2020 and 2023, demand for biodegradable plastics is expected to grow by an average of 9% per year, resulting in global demand of nearly 540,000 metric tonnes in 2023.


The factors restraining the Global Agricultural Plastics market are the high costs of these plastics and the pollutions that they cause in the soils.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the agricultural sector and hence on the agricultural plastics market too. Labor shortages are expected to slow down production, and disruptions in the food supply chain mean that farmers in various countries are unable to sell their produce to the surrounding areas. In 2020, The World Bank conducted rapid phone surveys in 48 countries and found that a significant number of people were running out of food or had reduced their food consumption. This does not help the crop producers at all. Moreover, if the farmers themselves are facing starvation, they may reduce their operational costs to focus more on self-consumption, which will affect the agricultural plastics market.

At the country level, the World Bank Group is collaborating with governments and international partners to closely monitor domestic food and agricultural supply chains, track how job and income loss affect people's ability to purchase food, and ensure that food systems continue to function despite COVID-19 challenges. Gradually, the agriculture industry is expected to get stronger again and the demand for plasticulture will increase steadily.

Segment Analysis

The global Agricultural Plastics market is segmented by material, by application, and by region.

Based on Application

Global Agricultural Plastics market based on application is segmented into Plant Protection Films, Water Management, Silage, and Others. 

Plastics are used in a wide range of applications, such as plant protection, hay and storage, and water management. To provide adequate plant growth conditions, agricultural plastics are widely used as greenhouse films, mulching films, and tunnels. The mulching film is the most important plasticulture segment, accounting for nearly 40% of total dollar sales in 2018. The global use of mulching films was 4.4 million tonnes in 2012 increases to 7.4 million tonnes in 2019, a total increase of 68%, according to a report By controlling soil temperature, retaining soil moisture, and reducing soil evaporation, mulching is an effective method of manipulating the crop growing environment to increase crop yield and improve product quality. Mulching with organic materials enriches your soils with organic matter. This not only feeds the soil life but also helps the soil retain water without becoming waterlogged. Mulching films also reduce evaporation. Plastic mulch films are mostly made of low-density and linear low-density polyethylene, which do not biodegrade easily. As a result, after use, these polyethylene-based mulches must be retrieved and disposed of.

Based on Region

Global Agricultural Plastics market based on region is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.

The Asia-Pacific region contributes to the majority of agricultural plastic production globally. For instance, in 2019, In 2019, Japan produced approximately 1.73 million tonnes of polyvinyl chloride, which is majorly used in making pipes for a variety of uses including agricultural purposes. In this region, China is considered to be one of the largest producers of plastics, which according to data, is responsible for 25% of the global plastic production. In 2019, the production value of China's agricultural industries was estimated to be around 1.8 trillion US dollars. Plastic exports of China have increased considerably, amounting to a total of 48 billion US dollars in 2019.  To combat this rising plastic production rate, China is now prioritizing the domestic recycling of plastics. Currently, of the 2 million tons of plastic mulch that is being produced in China, only 170000 tons are being recycled.

The European region is estimated to have contributed 57 million tons to global plastic production in 2019 and is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. According to data provided by PlasticsEurope, agricultural plastics in Europe in 2019 accounted for over 3.4% of the total plastic demand in the region, which was about the same as that in 2018.

Competitive Landscape

The global agricultural plastics market is highly fragmented, with a large number of companies holding a significant share of the market. Next-generation agricultural plastics are also being developed by conglomerates such as BASF SE, AEP Industries Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, and ExxonMobil Chemical. Several research organizations and environmental protection agencies, on the other hand, are promoting organic mulches.

Company Profile: Exxon Mobil Chemical Company

Overview: Exxon Mobil Corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation. Exxon and Mobil merged on November 30, 1999, to form Exxon Mobil. ExxonMobil's primary brands are Exxon, Mobil, Esso, and ExxonMobil Chemical. ExxonMobil is incorporated in New Jersey.

Product Portfolio: The ExxonMobil Chemical company specializes in manufacturing Polyethylene, Polymer Modifiers, Polypropylene, and elastomers for various packaging and agricultural purposes.

Recent Developments:

  •  ExxonMobil and the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) launched multi-sector and joint development projects in April 2020 to rapidly redesign and manufacture reusable personal protection equipment for health care workers, such as face shields and masks, which are in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ExxonMobil has created a new PaxonTM HDPE grade, SP5504, that offers a paradigm shift in the properties normally associated with unimodal HDPE resins.

**The Global Agricultural Plastics market report will provide access to approximately 53 market data tables, 44 figures, and 200 pages.

Target Audience:

  • Crop Protection Companies
  • Farming and Growing Communities
  • Industry Investors/Investment Bankers
  • Education & Research Institutes
  • Research Professionals

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Projected CAGR value of the Agricultural Plastics Market?

Agricultural Plastics Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecasting period 2022-2029.

Which region controlled the global market during 2022-2029?

North America region Controls the Agricultural Plastics Market during 2022-2029.

Which is the fastest growing region in the Agricultural Plastics Market?

Among all regions, Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market share during the forecast period.

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