The Future of Farming: Trends and Innovations in Irrigation Automation

The global irrigation automation market was valued at USD 4.2 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a 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 market during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing region in the irrigation automation market during the forecast period

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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The drip irrigation segment by irrigation type is projected to grow with the highest CAGR of the irrigation automation market over the forecast period

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.

The real-time feedback system by automation type is projected to grow with the highest growth rate in the irrigation automation market over the forecast period

Real-time feedback system involves making decisions based on the real-time live demand from plants which is obtained from sensors. The system uses sensors such as tensiometers, humidity sensors, rain sensors, and temperature sensors. These sensors provide the user with important feedback which allows the user to control the operations with ease. This sensor-based irrigation network sends signals and data from the fields to the irrigation management software, which then decides the irrigation schedule for the crops.