In 2021, the global irrigation automation market was calculated to be USD 2.65 billion and is estimated to develop at a 16.8% CAGR to reach USD 9.18 billion by 2026.
Irrigation is the process of applying a controlled amount of water to plants. Automatic irrigation is the use of a device to operate irrigation structures without manual interaction. It helps in reducing labor and improve lifestyle. It provides timely irrigation, helps manage higher flow rates, more accurate cut-off, reduction of run-off of water and nutrients, and reduced cost for vehicles used for irrigation.
The increasing mechanization and growing adoption of advanced technologies for agricultural purposes, government initiatives to encourage water conservation, and the growing awareness among farmers about the benefits of adopting irrigation automation are factors driving the market's growth. New products, services, technology launches, and collaboration were the dominant strategies adopted by key players to capitalize on the strong market potential.
Impact of COVID-19 on Irrigation Automation Market
Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic outbreak, irrigation automation manufacturers and sellers face various manufacturing issues, including factory shutdowns, no raw materials, and deficiency of resources. Moreover, the spread of COVID-19 has to led to a disrupted global supply chain throughout agricultural ecosystems. The supply of hardware equipment has reduced and has impacted the market players across the irrigation automation value chain. Nonetheless, owing to reduced human intervention, the remote irrigation processes have been less affected by the pandemic and are estimated to observe more robust demand in the forthcoming years.
In February 2020, Rain Bird launched ESP-LXIVM series controllers that provide extensive, challenging sites with advanced water management tools, diagnostics, and a host of new-to-the-industry features. It helped enhance the company's offerings, giving it an edge over competitors.
In September 2019, Weathermatic collaborated with Aspire Software Solutions (U.S.) to develop a new cloud-based, cost-effective software to manage irrigation processes better. It will help the company in providing mobile-based business software with expert water management tools to the customer.
In January 2019, Lindsay collaborated with Nutrien Ag (U.S.) Solutions to automate the transfer of data from Lindsay's FieldNET advisor to Nutrien's digital platform.
The growing adoption of advanced and enhanced technology, increasing initiatives by the authorities that will help encourage water conservation, and spreading awareness among the farmers about the benefits of automated irrigation technologies will likely improve the global irrigation automation market growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, large areas in farms worldwide will further boost various opportunities, leading to the irrigation automation market's development during the conjecture period.
Management of massive data and the high cost of installation, and the dearth of skilled professionals are likely to hamper the irrigation automation market's boom during the forecast timeframe.
By Automation Type
The time-based automation type segment controlled the market and valued more than 30% of the revenue in 2019. The high share can primarily be associated with the benefits like full control of the irrigation process, less labor cost, and less fuel use. The time-based automation system enables the user to control, intervene, and monitor crops at a regular interval of time at different irrigation stages. Thus, the time-based system is more adapted for the productivity of the harvest.
The real-time based automation type segment is estimated to emerge as the fastest-growing segment observing a CAGR of about 18% during the forecast period. The growth can be associated with the growing demand for real-time data gathered using tensiometers and sensors for temperature, rain, and weather.
The controller segment dominated the market and valued more than 30% of the global revenue share in 2019. The segment's high percentage can be attributed to the growing demand for semi-automatic systems, comprising volume-based and time-based systems, which has led to an increase in demand for controllers in the entire market. Controllers help in supplying the required amount of water at the right time according to the desired schedule. Moreover, controllers direct the whole irrigation process, controlled by sensors that help fetch real-time data about the weather, soil, and plant, directly impacting the irrigation process.
The sensors segment is anticipated to emerge as the fastest-growing segment witnessing a CAGR of about 18% from 2020 to 2027. The sensors aid in gaining real-time soil moisture levels and discovering irrigation needs. Sensors enhance connectivity and access real-time data via an installed app or a web-based interface to irrigators on their smartphones. Thus, the factors mentioned above are estimated to support the sensor segment growth over the forecast period.
By Irrigation Type
The drip irrigation type segment governed the global irrigation automation market and valued for more than 35% of the worldwide revenue share in 2019 and is estimated to hold its leadership position during the forecast timeframe due to its long-life span of ten years. It makes it a durable irrigation system with improvised operating efficiency, leading to high consistency in yields. Moreover, drip irrigation systems reject water wastage in terms of field run-off and evaporation. Also, factors such as less water consumption ability and lower cost of drip systems are other vital factors that propel the segment growth. Thus, the drip irrigation system is the most efficient means of irrigation worldwide except in some Asia Pacific regions, including Japan and China, where high water requiring crops like rice is grown.
The sprinkler irrigation type segment is estimated to witness a considerable CAGR of about 16% from 2020 to 2027. Sprinkler helps in carrying water over vast distances, thereby developing water consumption efficiency.
The non-agricultural application segment is likely to come out as the fastest-growing segment witnessing a CAGR of about 17.5% during the forecast period. The growth can be associated with the upsurge in golf courses, sports grounds, pastures, gardens, residential, turf, and landscapes worldwide. The irrigation automation systems provide on-time watering with the required amount of water in these non-agricultural applications while reducing the water bills. Moreover, golf courses' automatic irrigation systems in golf courses help growers and owners alter the irrigation remotely, based on time.
The agricultural application dominated the market and valued more than 59% of the global market revenue in 2019. Agriculture is one of the primary occupations in several areas. This factor is estimated to drive the growth of the segment. Moreover, normalized, and low production cost makes it affordable for consumers in emerging countries of Latin America and the Asia Pacific.
The Asia Pacific region governed the market, with a revenue share of over 26% in 2019. Also, the area is anticipated to continue its dominance over the foreseen period due to the extensive agricultural lands, rapidly changing climatic situation, strong government support, increased need for reducing waste of water, and developments in irrigation instruments. Moreover, lowering water levels in the region's river basins is compelling people to shift towards sensor-based irrigation systems.
The North American region is likely to witness a notable CAGR of around 16.7% from 2021 to 2027. The market share can primarily be attributed to the presence of prominent market players in the region like The Toro Company, Valmont Industries Inc., Rain Birds, Lindsay Corporation, and Nelson Irrigation Corporation. Stringent government norms for reducing water footprint, especially in the U.S., are expected to drive market growth. The MEA region is also estimated to observe a notable increase as automated irrigation systems have significantly strengthened Israel's green revolution.
Key players in the global market include The Toro Company (U.S.), Hunter Industries (U.S.), Valmont Industries Inc. (U.S.), Rain Bird (U.S.), Jain Irrigation Systems (India), Lindsay Corporation (U.S.), Netafim (Israel), Galcon (Israel), Rubicon Water (Australia), Weathermatic (U.S.), Nelson Irrigation (U.S.)
1.1 Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the report
1.3 Study Assumptions
1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods
2. Research Methodology
2.1 Analysis Design
2.2 Research Phases
2.2.1 Secondary Research
2.2.2 Primary Research
2.2.3 Data Modelling
2.2.4 Expert Validation
2.3 Study Timeline
3. Report Overview
3.1 Executive Summary
3.2 Key Inferencees
4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Impact Analysis
4.2 Regulatory Environment
4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends
5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis
5.1 Key Player Benchmarking
5.1.1 Market share analysis
5.1.3 Regional Presence
5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape
5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations
6. Market Segmentation
6.1 Irrigation Automation Market, By Automation Type
6.1.3 Real-Time Based
6.1.4 Computer-Based Control System
6.1.5 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)
6.1.6 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis
6.1.7 Market Attractiveness Index
6.2 Irrigation Automation Market, By Component
6.2.5 Fertigation Sens
6.2.8 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)
6.2.9 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis
6.2.10 Market Attractiveness Index
6.3 Irrigation Automation Market, By Irrigation Type
6.3.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)
6.3.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis
6.3.6 Market Attractiveness Index
6.4 Irrigation Automation Market, By Application Type
6.4.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)
6.4.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis
6.4.5 Market Attractiveness Index
7. Geographical Landscape
7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region
7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2018 - 2024)
7.2.1 By Country
7.2.2 By Automation Type
7.2.3 By Component
7.2.4 By Irrigation Type
7.2.5 By Application Type
7.3.1 By Country
18.104.22.168 Rest of Europe
7.3.2 By Automation Type
7.3.3 By Component
7.3.4 By Irrigation Type
7.3.5 By Application Type
7.4 Asia Pacific
7.4.1 By Country
22.214.171.124 South Korea
126.96.36.199 South East Asia
188.8.131.52 Australia & NZ
184.108.40.206 Rest of Asia-Pacific
7.4.2 By Automation Type
7.4.3 By Component
7.4.4 By Irrigation Type
7.4.5 By Application Type
7.5 Latin America
7.5.1 By Country
220.127.116.11 Rest of Latin America
7.5.2 By Automation Type
7.5.3 By Component
7.5.4 By Irrigation Type
7.5.5 By Application Type
7.6 Middle East and Africa
7.6.1 By Country
18.104.22.168 Middle East
7.6.2 By Automation Type
7.6.3 By Component
7.6.4 By Irrigation Type
7.6.5 By Application Type
8. Key Player Analysis
8.1 The Toro Company
8.1.1 Business Description
8.1.4 SWOT Analysis
8.1.5 Recent Developments
8.1.6 Analyst Overview
8.2 Hunter Industries
8.3 Valmont Industries Inc
8.4 Rain Bird
8.5 Jain Irrigation Systems
8.6 Lindsay Corporation
8.9 Rubicon Water
9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities
List of Tables
List of Figures