Irrigation Automation Market Opportunities and Challenges

The global irrigation automation market size is projected to grow from USD 4.2 billion in 2022 to USD 9.2 billion by 2027, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2% during the forecast period. Increasing government support to mechanize agriculture especially in the developing countries, adoption of smart irrigation technologies, and need for water conservation are some of the key factors promoting the growth of irrigation automation market during the forecast period.

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The Asia Pacific region accounted for the fastest growing region, during the forecast period, in terms of volume and value, respectively. Asia Pacific comprises of one of the largest developing countries with vast irrigated agricultural lands as compared to other regions. On average, the per capita income of the region depends on the agricultural activities conducted in the countries. The key countries that play an important role in the agriculture sector in this region are Australia, India, China, and Japan. Drip irrigation is the largest and predominant in the irrigation type segment in Asia Pacific.

North America dominates the market contributing to 38%  in the global irrigation automation market. The region has countries which are a key exporters of agricultural products. North America is mainly dominated by large-scale operations, primarily focused on exports. The region has an advantage of having a very organized distribution chain. Major contributing factors such as fertile soil, availability of water and land, entrepreneurial farmers, and efficient infrastructure are the key competitive advantages that the North American market has.

Asia Pacific irrigation automation market is projected to grow with highest CAGR due to the growing agriculture industry in China and India. Demand for irrigation automation has been growing in this region, due to global players increasing their investments of business lines in agricultural automation products to exclusively meet the demand of crop growers to attain higher efficiency, proper water supply, and export quality. Additionally, the regulations for irrigation automation are favorable in this region. China is estimated to account for the largest share in the Asia Pacific irrigation automation market.

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Non-agricultural uses of irrigation automation includes application in sports grounds, residential, pastures, turfs & landscapes, golf courses, and gardens. Measuring the soil moisture content, maintaining right amount of water in the soil is important in these areas, because it helps minimize wastage of water and other resources. However, instead of fixed timers, these automated systems draw data from sensors, weather forecasts, and plant-care databases to determine watering needs and deliver just enough moisture to the soil at the appropriate time.

Drip irrigation also known as micro-irrigation provides root-to-root irrigation and the highest level of water conservation. Drip irrigation often involves devices such as sensors, controllers, and valves, connected to a smartphone or desktop via a web-based system which gives the user =/farmer better flexibility to monitor control, automate, and analyze the irrigation system.