Agricultural gloves are made of different types of polymers in order to protect the hands of the farmers from chemicals and pesticides that are used in agricultural crops. An agriculturist needs to perform various kinds of work which requires protection of their hands. Some of the regular works undertaken in an agriculture farm include distribution of chemicals and pesticides, pruning of branches, harvesting crops, horticulture which renders the farmer susceptible to various kinds of risks such as abrasion, sting, cold conditions and deep cuts. Agricultural gloves act as a protective piece of clothing from the various physical risks in agriculture such as thermal, mechanical and chemical hazards.
The agricultural gloves market is driven by the growth in agricultural arena across the world. Moreover the increasing awareness of health and safety coupled with specific requirement for the use of protective equipment during handling of certain toxic chemicals has been a major factor for the growth of the agricultural gloves market. Agricultural gloves are generally made of latex, rubber, leather or cotton depending upon the end uses. Gloves of different materials and thickness are required for different applications. Latex gloves are used for general agricultural purpose and are usually disposable. Chemical resistant gloves are used by farmers during compilation and spraying of pesticides which are harmful for the human skin. Often it is advised to wear two pairs of gloves while handling chemicals which might pose a biological hazard. The usage of agricultural gloves has increased over the years owing to the increasing safety standards and general awareness among the agricultural community in the western world.
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Although the market has shown tremendous growth prospects, it is yet to reach optimum penetration in several emerging economies such as India and China, even though a huge population in these agro based economy depend of agriculture for their livelihood. Access to quality gloves as well as awareness for safe procedures is non-existent in many rural areas of the small and impoverished countries. However these countries present an opportunity for the agricultural gloves market to grow.Low cost disposable agricultural gloves are expected to provide the best opportunity for the market in these regions.
North America accounts for the largest demand for agricultural gloves and the growing agricultural market augurs well for the agricultural gloves market in North America. Asia Pacific is the second largest market for agricultural gloves in the world. Asia Pacific is also the largest producer and exporter of agricultural gloves lead by China. The market for agricultural gloves is expected to grow at the fastest pace in Asia Pacific as it poses the maximum potential for growth owing to high agricultural dependence and low penetration of the product.
The agricultural gloves market is highly fragmented with several regional players dominating the market in different regions especially in Asia Pacific. The low cost of setting up a plant, availability of cheap labor and access to the raw materials is the primary reason for the growth of the manufacturing units of agricultural gloves in China. Some of the companies involved in the market include Fujian Nanan Jinxing Gloves Co., Ltd., Ansell Healthcare Europe, Nano Meter Industrial, and Superior Glove among many others.
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