India QuEChERS Market is Growing at a Significant Rate in the Forecast Period 2019-2026

Drivers: India QuEChERS Market

Vegetable Sold in Major Cities in India Contain Pesticides Much More Than Permitted Level

QuEChERS find application in the testing of vegetables, thus rising demand for pesticide testing in vegetables is anticipated to fuel the market growth of the India QuEChERS market during the forecast period

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  • A test was conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and found that out of 20,618 samples, 12.5% samples contains non-approved or banned pesticides, 18.7% were found to contain residues of pesticides and 2.6% of samples had more than the maximum residue limit (MRL)

Increasing Consumption of Processed Food

Steadily growing demand for processed food products is driving the growth of the market. As processed food products requires testing of various contaminations and residue including pesticide. Thus, high demand for the processed food products is fuelling the demand for pesticide testing, which in turn, is supporting the growth of the India QuEChERS market as well.  

  • The share of Indian food processing industry accounts for 32% of the country’s total food market which is one of the largest in the world. According to the Department of Industrial Policies and Promotion (DIPP), the food processing sector in India has received around US$ 7.54 billion worth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the period April 2000-March 2017

Restraint:

Laboratories Per Million People Is Lower In India As Compared To Other High-Population Countries

In India despite having a legal framework for food testing, it still faces difficulties in adhering food safety norms and standards. One of the major reasons for this lag is lack of laboratories per million people which is lower in India as compared to other high-population countries such as China and the U.S.

  • In May 2019, National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) has published a list of approved food testing laboratories in India. As per the list, over 158 laboratories have been approved for testing in the country and around 8 laboratories are approved but the accreditation validity was expired or was expiring in May 2019. Each laboratory in the country serves over 8 Million people which are among lowest worldwide

OPPORTUNITIES

Opening Of Pesticide Labs In Tier 2 Cities Of India

Owing to the rising environmental concerns, manufacturers are now focusing in the production of bio-based plastics, which are derived from bio sources such as starches and sugars from corn and sugarcane.  For instance, polylactic acid (PLA) polymers is one of the emerging bioplastic and creating new business opportunities.

  • In November 2016, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched a major scheme worth USD 72 million, to address the urgent needs to upgrade food testing laboratories in India

CHALLENGES:

Lack Of Qualified Food Analysts In India

According to the government of India, a food analyst should hold a Master’s degree in any one of the following branches such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Dairy Chemistry, Food Technology, Food and Nutrition and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Dairy/Oil or holds a degree in Veterinary Sciences from a university established in India by law or is an associate of the Institution of Chemists (India) and should have more than three years of experience in food analysis. 

  • In India many laboratories don’t have a qualified food analysts for example CAG tested 16 food laboratories out of which 15 food laboratories did not have qualified food analysts in 2014. Also, Rajasthan government closed 7 laboratories in lieu of lack of qualified analysts

Market Trends

On the basis of extraction methods, the market is segmented into Original Unbuffered Method, AOAC 2007.01 (Association of Analytical Communities) and EN 15662.2008 (European Norm). In 2019, AOAC 2007.01 segment is growing at the highest CAGR and expected to reach USD in the forecast period of 2019 to 2026.

On the basis of pesticide, the market is segmented into Carbendazim, Thiabendazole, Pyrimethanil, Cyprodinil, Diazinon, Pyrazophos, Chlorpyrifos and others.  In 2019, Pyrimethanil is growing the highest CAGR and expected to reach USD in the forecast period of 2019 to 2026.

On the basis of end-user, the market is segmented into Commercial Food Testing Laboratories, Food Manufacturers, Regulatory Agencies, Public & Private Auditing Companies and Others.  In 2019, regulatory agencies are growing at a specific CAGR. However food manufacturers segment is growing at the highest CAGR in the forecast period of 2019 to 2026.

Major Players: India QuEChERS Market

Some of the major players operating in the market are FICCI RESEARCH & ANALYSIS CENTRE, ANA LABORATORIES, Gujarat Laboratory, CET Test House –CEG, among others.