Zinc sulphate is a very water soluble, transparent, colorless, crystalline compound. It is commonly used as the heptahydrate, ZnSO4 •7H2O, and is commonly called white vitriol; it occurs naturally as the mineral goslarite, and can be prepared by reacting zinc with sulfuric acid. It is used to supply zinc in animal feeds, fertilizers, and agricultural sprays; in making lithopone; in coagulation baths for rayon; in electrolyte for zinc plating; as a mordant in dyeing; as a preservative for skins and leather; and in medicine as an astringent and emitic.
Zinc sulphate is chiefly used in fertilizer applications and animal feed supplements. It is especially applied on crops such as pecan, deciduous fruits, peanuts, cotton, corn, and citrus, and added to feeds for swine and poultry. Zinc sulphate is the most common dry fertilizer and zinc chelates are the most common liquid material. Zinc sulphate's high solubility in aqueous systems makes it a favored substance for delivering zinc values in agriculture applications. Zinc is one of the essential elements for plant and animal life. In plants, it serves as a growth hormone and influences protein synthesis. Zinc deficiency causes stunting of the plant, yellowing of the leaves and decreased yields of seed, grain, vegetables or fruit. Soil application of zinc sulphate is the most common and most successful long-term strategy for eliminating zinc deficiencies. Zinc sulphate can be applied as a broadcast treatment and tilled into the soil or applied in a band near the seed. Band application is most effective when placed to the side and below the seed.
Zinc sulphate solution may be used in the production of zineb (zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate). Zineb, and agricultural fungicide, is commonly employed to protect crops such as apples, pears, cabbage, broccoli and ornamentals as well as citrus, stone-fruit, cotton and wheat. Zinc Sulphate is used in agriculture as a weed killer and to give protection against pests. It is used to supply zinc in animal feeds and fertilizers; Zinc Sulphate is also an important constituent of the precipitating bath in the manufacture of viscose rayon and in electrolyte for zinc plating. Zinc Sulphate functions as a mordant in dyeing; as a preservative for skins and leather; and as an astringent and emetic in medicine.
Global Zinc Sulfate Market is valued to grow at healthy CAGR of 4.2% over in period 2020-2026. Increasing usage as a fertilizer additive in agricultural industry to prevent and correct zinc deficiency in crops, rising demand of applications of raw material for manufacturing latex products and usage as a herbicide for moss control are the key factors driving the market. Zinc sulfate plays a prominent role in treating zinc deficiencies in humans and is used as a fertilizer for agricultural sprays to improve soil nutrient which is expected to play a crucial role in the market development.
Few Indian Major Players
1. Agro Phos (India) Ltd.
2. Aksharchem (India) Ltd.
3. Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-Op. Ltd.
4. Jayshree Chemicals Ltd.
5. Liberty Phosphate Ltd.
6. Yash Chemex Ltd.