There is today considerable market potential for organic fertilisers, driven both by demand (recognition of the agronomic value of organic carbon, high-added value markets in specialist sectors such as greenhouses, horticulture …), both in Europe and for export (e.g. Middle East, Africa …). This is leading development of tailor-made and performance products adapted to farmers’ needs.
Industry is also being driven by the Circular Economy, with potential for valorisation of organic materials, digestate or composts from renewable energy production, food wastes, agricultural and food industry by-products …
At the European-level, the organic fertiliser industry faces new challenges and opportunities. Important EU regulatory developments include the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation (for the first time the organic fertilisers sector will have an EU regulatory framework), REACH, End-of-Waste and Animal By-Products. European policies also open new opportunities: Circular Economy and Bio-Economy policies, EU R&D projects (H2020, BBI …). At the same time, new markets are resulting from the need to export regional manure nutrient surpluses, the entry of new global technology players (e.g. Hitachi Zosen in biochar) and from added-value markets for export outside Europe.
The organic fertilisers market is estimated at 2.1 billion €/year in Europe and is expected to grow at over 4%/year to 2023 (5.5 – 17 billion €/year for the global market, 12-13% growth to 2022 / 2026).The wide variation in estimates suggests an unclear definition of the industry sector and a lack of information available.
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