Seed Sector Analysis – South Asia Industry, Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2017 - 2022)
The countries studied in the South Asia seed industry include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and other South Asian countries. In the seed sector of Afghanistan, the informal seed sector dominate the market while the formal seed sector mainly focuses on wheat seed, with the availability of increased number of improved varieties. The public domain also dominates the plant breeding activities in Bangladesh seed industry. However, due to growing demand for the provision of good quality seeds and varieties adapted to the local growing conditions, NGOs and private companies are involving in plant breeding.
The Indian seed industry is one of the mature industries with private and public sectors playing important roles in seed production. The private sector accounts for the majority of seed market share, and constitutes a heterogeneous entity. The increasing investment in R&D, plant breeding, etc., acceleration in the use of hybrid seeds with various technological components (such as seed treatment etc.), and rising international trade are a few reasons for growth in the private sector. With respect to the Pakistan seed industry, favorable policies, such as, no restriction on the private sector from selling commercially-viable crop seeds, and the provision to import and export seeds, have attracted many national and multinational companies to come and operate in Pakistan.
Private seed companies, village-based small seed enterprises (SSEs), Agrovets, cooperatives, and groups organized by the Department of Agriculture’s Crop Development Directorate are the important players in the Nepal seed industry.
The multinational companies, such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont Pioneer, play an important role in the seed sector of these regions with many local companies such as BRAC and Lal Teer in Nepal, Rallis, Advanta, Nuziveedu etc. in India, Helal group in Afghanistan, and Jullundhar Group in Pakistan also occupy a significant market share.
Major factors limiting the market growth include lack of knowledge regarding the benefits of using improved varieties and lack of access to quality agro inputs, among others. The market is driven by factors such as increasing share of the private seed sector and growing demand for the vegetable seeds.
The market is segmented, based on the crop type, into grains & cereals, vegetables, and ‘others’, where grains & cereals segment occupy the majority of market share in all these countries.
The grains & cereals market of Afghanistan is divided into wheat, and ‘others’. In Bangladesh, it is segmented into rice, maize, and ‘others’ while the vegetables market is segmented into potatoes, and ‘others’.
The grains & cereals market in India is segmented into rice, wheat, and ‘others’ while the vegetables market in segmented into onion, tomatoes, chilies and peppers, and ‘others’.
The grains & cereals of Nepal is segmented into rice, maize, and ‘others’ while that of Pakistan is segmented into wheat, rice, and others.
Major Companies in the Sector Include:
• Dupont Pioneer
• Helal Group, Afghanistan
• BRAC Seed and Agro Enterprise, Bangladesh
• Lal Teer Seeds, Bangladesh
• Rallis India
• Advanta Seeds, India
• Unique Seeds, Nepal
• Jullundhar Seed Pvt Ltd., Pakistan
Recent Industry Insights
• The four companies, namely, New Shreeram, Lumbini Seed Company, GATE Nepal Pvt. Ltd., and Unique seeds Company, are part of a ten Nepalese companies group, which have worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) through the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) since 2014, to improve marketing and sales strategies, business development, product range, and quality.
• In 2014, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal signed a seed sharing agreement, which will enable new and good-quality seeds to reach farmers faster, with the establishment of common frameworks for the release of varieties. This agreement is further being expanded to others countries.
Key Deliverables in the Study
• Market analysis, with region-specific assessments and competition analysis
• Market overview, identification, and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the South Asian seeds market and instrumental in changing the market scenario on, both, global and regional scale
• Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies and their market share, along with an analysis of their current strategic interests and financial information and strategies adopted to sustain and grow in the studied market.