Stringent Laws to Curb Aftereffects of Herbicides Which Is Expected To Drive the Market for Bio Herbicides
Biological in nature, bio herbicides are controlling agents which do not promote the growth of undesired weeds. The integrated weed management tools have undergone several developments, with bio herbicides being a dynamic advancement. The intensive applications of herbicides have been questioned on several grounds on being extensively hazardous not only for human consumptions but also for the environment. This has led the developed as well as developing economies such as Europe, India, China, and others to draft stringent regulations and endorse activities that have seemingly witnessed an increasing demand for “Green and safe “products as an approach to be environment-friendly.
For instance, the National Development Council (NDC) launched the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), in 2007, with a view to the annual production of cereals and pulses. This mission also focused on registering the name of pesticides and herbicides used in production to analyse the levels of hazardous components. This mission shifted the highlight from herbicides to bio herbicides since the past years.
Rising R&D Activities Leading To Innovations
The timely shift in preferences and choices by population worldwide towards healthy and organic products have risen the need for manufacturers and farmers to understand the benefits and apply bio herbicides, with a view to curbing hazardous components. This has simultaneously led to an increase in the R&D activities to be undertaken by manufacturers around the globe to innovate bio herbicides that possess equally dynamic and potential characteristics that enhance efficiency when compared to the conventional herbicides.
For instance, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., one of the leading provider of plant health products and bio-based pest management services innovated a bio herbicide MBI-041. It is a water dispersible herbicide with microbial contents constructed from latest species of heat-killed bacteria named Burkholderia rinojensis, which is a novel tool for controlling weed growth as per the research conducted by USDA agricultural research service.
Emerging Areas of Applications to Drive the Market
Advances in genetic engineering are perceived as a major opportunity for the bio herbicide market. Other than its application in agricultural activities, they also find its applications in several industry verticals of chemicals for crop controlling as well as leisure. For instance, bio herbicides are applied in golf courses to curb unwanted plant growth, in citrus orchards to control milkweed to grow, used to control the growth of aqua hyacinth, and others.
Fruits and Vegetables Segment To Have a Potential Growth over the Coming Years
Primarily, bio herbicides were confined majorly to high-value vegetables and fruits. They are now expanding their applications to a broader and conventional range of agricultural crops. This is attributed to the growing focus on sustainability, the use of bio herbicides are positively expanding in traditional practices by farmers.
According to the survey conducted by Organic Trade Association (OTA), organic sales in the U.S. was recorded to be $49.4 billion in 2017, which is up to a 6.4 percent growth from 2016 sales which was recorded to be $3.5 billion.
Europe to Show Positive Growth in the Demand for Bio Herbicides
Herbicides containing strongly induced chemical toxic characteristics result in being harmful to human consumption and environment. Europe is one of the developed regions that is highly concerned about environmental issues and have framed several regulations associated with increasing the environmental concerns. It has drafted several rules that have reduced the use of hazardous chemicals during the process of production, thereby strengthening the use of bio herbicides in the region.
According to the European Commission statistics on herbicides and pesticides, it has been observed that these chemical portions are a cause of population and directly affect water bodies and soils. To ensure these impacts are appropriately addressed by the commission, the policymakers have asked the manufacturers and farmers to quantify the risk of herbicides before use and to register the portions used for the production. This would help to control the excessive use of the chemicals in them and also increase the use of alternatives such as bio herbicides for comparatively less environmental impacts.
To conclude, it is best said that with further developments and innovations in bio herbicides market, it will add a lucrative step towards sustainability and healthy production practices, limiting the after effects of herbicides.