Nonwoven crop cover market is expected to witness significant momentum from the year 2022 to 2028, impelled by rising adoption in restricted environmental conditions, such as nurseries, and higher application scope in the agriculture and packaging sectors. The growing concerns over unfavorable weather conditions and plant frosting have complimented the need for various crop protection techniques.
Nonwoven covers are not only used for protecting crops from sun rays and harmful creatures with stable ventilation to offer better yield and crop quality, but also create a mini climate environment. The rising popularity of UV-treated nonwoven plant covers will further favor market growth.
In terms of packaging, the demand for sheet-cut nonwoven covers will rise with higher adoption in crop protection given their lightweight and semi-transparent attributes. These covers are usually transparent polythene and accessible in a width range of 150mm-1600mm. Its increasing utility to protect crops from excess cold, heat, and wind, as well as offer higher resistance to stretch & tearing will drive the market expansion.
Based on application, the nonwoven crop cover market share from fruit bags will expand through 2028 due to growing utility to assist in the prevention of fruit fungus spots. The escalating health concerns among consumers have compelled farmers to come up with high-quality fruit produce, burgeoning the adoption of bags and covers. For instance, the Favourite Fab winter cover crop is a UV-treated nonwoven fabric used in gardens to create a greenhouse effect and facilitate early sowing as well as fruit sprouting.
Other than offering benefits like effectiveness, ecologically friendliness, and ease-of-use, the non-woven crop covers aid in off-season food production and organic farming. The rapid advances in the global fruit trade market along with the growing need to protect tender fruits from extreme cold and heat will fuel the segment growth.
Regionally, North America is expected to see higher consumption of nonwoven crop covers due to the rising presence of home gardens and household farming. The surging popularity of vegetable seeds is another impact rendering factor for the industry growth. This increasing demand for household farming and plants from consumers has given way to the rise in the number of nurseries. In addition, the thriving instances of damages caused due to hail and snow have steered the adoption of various prevention systems, complimenting the demand for plant and crop covers in the region.
The nonwoven crop cover market share in the Asia Pacific is likely to expand over 2022-2028 owing to the changing climatic conditions and growing emphasis of farmers on high crop yield. The significant strides in the agricultural sector mainly in countries, like India and China, have led to the higher incursion of various practices. The rising burden of agricultural pesticides has also made way for optimum government support in the region, contributing to the rising adoption of crop covers. The dearth of technical know-how regarding integrated pest management among farmers and the low levels of risk awareness will add to the product demand spurt.
Some of the leading nonwoven crop covers suppliers include Berry Global (Berry Global Group), Kimberly Clark Corp., Mitsui Chemicals, Akitieselskabet Schouw & Co. Group, and First Quality Non Wovens Inc.
Strategic marketing measures, including capacity expansions, acquisitions, partnerships, and novel product launches are increasingly implemented by these firms to strengthen their market position and attain competitive edges.
The COVID-19 pandemic adversely moved the global economy as it projected multiple bottlenecks for the business landscape. The market for nonwoven crop covers potentially plunged during the initial days of 2020 due to declined production and sales of plant protection products on account of the disrupted supply chains. However, the rising rate of crop losses owing to pests and the growing obligation for plant hygiene will add a positive edge to the market development.