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The major factor restraining the growth of the rodent control market is the absence of uniform guidelines for testing across regions. The absence of systematic rules and protocols for the approval of rodent control (due to varying regulations across different countries) and the overlapping of these regulations with those of crop protection pesticides often result in delayed product approvals; this hampers the growth of the market. The lengthy approval procedures for the registration of an active ingredient and the growing resistance against chemical insecticides among insects also pose challenges to the market growth.
Rapid Urbanization across the region
Urban areas are more susceptible to pests. In addition, a rapid increase in urbanization and industrialization is one of the major factors encouraging the demand for pest control. The shift in residences of people and their migration from rural to urban areas would contribute to the increase in the urban population. According to FAOSTAT 2018, an increase was observed in the urban population by 8% during the study period from 2015 to 2018. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2018, a significant portion of the population in North America (82%), followed by Latin America and the Caribbean regions (81%), Europe (74%), Oceania (68%), Asia (50%), and Africa (43%) is living in urban areas.
The shift of the rural population for more growth opportunities in cities has increased the burden on urban cities. These megacities have now become incubators for new epidemics and zoonotic diseases that could spread more rapidly and become a worldwide threat. Poor housing facilities arising due to increased urbanization can lead to the proliferation of insect and rodent vector diseases and geohelminthiases. This is due to inadequate water supplies as well as sanitation and waste management. These factors contribute to a favorable environment for both different rodents and insects, which carry pathogens and soil-transmitted helminth infections. For example, in Chinese cities, the incidence of Seoul hantavirus hemorrhagic fever with the renal syndrome has been linked to urban growth, an increase in the rat population, and the rise in rat-human contact.
Rapid urbanization is impacting commercial, residential, and agricultural areas significantly. The increase in urbanization has led to changes in consumer lifestyles. With the increase in workload, busy lifestyles, and the rise in the number of working women, the time to keep the working space pest-free is reduced. This has led to a surge in demand for products that offer proper pest management solutions. Rodents, such as rats. are most commonly found in kitchens due to the presence of food and food-related garbage. The increase in health and hygienic concerns of the people and the affordability of pest control practices encourage them to adopt such practices for a rodent-free environment.
Increase in the global trade of rodenticides
Germany is one of the global leaders engaged in the export of rodenticides. It is followed by India, the US, the UK, Belgium, and Italy. Germany has a presence of major chemical companies, such as Bayer AG and BASF SE, which have a wide portfolio of insect pest control products. The country is a major exporter of rodenticides to countries, such as the Netherlands, the UK, and France. These countries import rodenticides due to their high-quality standards, fewer transportation costs, and easy accessibility. India is emerging as a potential export hub for high-quality rodenticides due to low-cost manufacturing and the security of patented new active ingredients. India majorly exports rodenticides to countries, such as Brazil, the US, and the Netherlands. China is a dominant exporter of rodenticides to Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. This increase in demand for rodenticides across the globe is attributed to factors, such as government initiatives for health awareness programs, an increase in crop losses, and a rise in health concerns due to rodent attacks.
The import of rodenticides is observed mainly in countries, such as India, the US, and France. Due to the increase in the population and high density, India has also been importing a large number of rodenticides. Hence, it is positioned as a leading rodenticides importer in the world. The rodenticides market in the US, France, and other countries has grown exponentially due to the rising awareness, concerns regarding health issues, ease of use, and availability of rodenticides. India is emerging as a major importer of insecticides due to the increase in demand from farmers and government health authorities for the eradication of pests.
Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region with a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific market is completely driven by the country markets of China, India, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and few other Asian counties. As the worlds largest and most populous region, Asia Pacific is one of the key markets for rodenticides. Rodents are common pests present in agricultural fields. Annually, extensive volumes of agricultural produce are destroyed and contaminated by rodents. To meet the increase in demand for food products and to reduce the crop damages caused by rodents, the use of rodenticides has increased significantly in the region. The food retail, food manufacturing, pharmaceutical, hospitality, and residential sectors are expected to be major growth verticals in this market.Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region during the forecast period due to several reasons. One of the major drivers of the market is the fact that agriculture is one of the most significant revenue-generating sectors in China and India. The growing population within the region is urging the farmers to provide a maximum yield to fulfill the demand of the increasing population. In such cases, the increasing crop damage and decreasing food production due to rodents are expected to leverage this market positively.
The major players in this market are BASF SE (Germany), Syngenta (Switzerland), Bayer AG (Germany), UPL (India), and Rentokil Initial PLC (UK).
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