The irrigation automation system monitors and predicts water use in the irrigation area, manages it in real-time, and uses sensors to monitor soil moisture and automate irrigation management.
The global irrigation automation market has the potential to grow with USD 8.2 billion with bolstering CAGR in the forecast period from 2020-2027. The major growth factors are the requirement of different crops, soil environment, and nutrient content required for the growth of crops are rising the market demand for the global irrigation automation market.
Water source management is very standardized for irrigation operations. Therefore, water-saving methods such as drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation used, and engineering management and information management adopted for management. Thus, decision-making in the irrigation process also relies on high-tech means such as intelligent controllers or cloud expert systems.
Moreover, the demand for water-saving and increased production is an urgent, water-saving irrigation industry that will usher in an outbreak period. The goals of increasing production and reducing costs can achieve through the use of IoT terminal devices and big data analysis. To efficiently use precious water resources and other agricultural resources, high-precision variable irrigation systems are required, which plays a crucial role in the irrigation automation market.
Furthermore, the automated water and fertilizer integrated equipment’s control of irrigation determined by the soil moisture sensor. The moisture content of the soil can be monitored in real-time by the soil moisture sensor. When the moisture in the soil detected below the standard value, the system can automatically turn on the irrigation system to irrigate crops. The user only needs to set the usual amount of soil moisture in advance during the whole process, and the system can realize automatic irrigation.
Additionally, agricultural water consumption accounts for 80% of total water consumption, far exceeding industrial water and domestic water. As the population continues to grow, the pressure of water shortage is increasing. People gradually realize that water resources must use with caution. One way is to improve water prices so that the water prices can reflect actual costs, including the fees of pumping, purification, and water supply.
Therefore, the farms actively reduce irrigation water as much as possible. Water-saving can achieve through “hardware,” that is, using more efficient irrigation methods, such as drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation. These methods can reduce surface water loss and evaporation and reduce unnecessary waste of water resources.
Real-time control can open or close the water delivery valve according to the growth of crops, soil moisture, etc. Real-time collection through the collection of pipeline pressure, flow, soil moisture, valve status, operating conditions, and other parameters, and according to the actual situation of data preprocessing and alarm. The system does not need people to participate directly through the pre-programmed control program, and according to specific parameters reflecting the crop water demand, it can automatically open and close the pump for a long time and automatically irrigate.
Automated water-saving irrigation is a necessary supporting facility for agricultural industrialization and standardized production. The state advocates that the use of water-saving irrigation saves labor and time and the integration of water and fertilizer is even more affected. Therefore, this technology is favored by agricultural parks and large farmers.
Based on the system, the global irrigation automation market categorized into Automatic Semi-automatic. The semi-automatic segment accounted for the largest share in the global irrigation automation market. It is mainly owing to the cost-effectiveness of semi-automatic systems and improves the productivity and function of irrigation. Moreover, semi-automatic systems help in modifying the irrigation process and helps in growing crops in open fields as well as greenhouses.
Based on the irrigation type, the global irrigation automation market segmented into Sprinkler, Drip, Surface. The drip irrigation segment generated the most significant revenue in recent years, and it expected that it would remain at the same level during the irrigation automation market forecast. The drip irrigation majorly preferred for irrigation is mainly due to its operating efficiency and features that help in providing higher consistency in yields. Moreover, the application of drip sprinklers also used in small and more significant lands for sprinkling fertilizer with higher efficiency without leaching. Therefore, the drip irrigation type is fueling the market share for the global irrigation automation market.
Based on the automation type, the global irrigation automation market classified into Time-based, Volume-based, Real-time feedback and Computer-based irrigation control systems. Time-based irrigation dominates the market of irrigation automation in the forecast period from 2020-2027. It is mainly owing to the need for intervention and monitoring of crops for a regular interval of time at different irrigation stages. Therefore, the time-based system is necessary for maintaining the efficient productivity of the harvest and, thus, rising demand for the irrigation automation market.
Based on the component, the global irrigation automation market segmented in Controllers, Valves, Sensors, Sprinklers, and Other. The controllers’ segment is accounting for the largest share in the global irrigation automation market. It is mainly due to the emerging demand for semi-automatic systems, and time-based irrigation types are emerging in the controller segment. The controller is one of the expensive components and is the central unit of the irrigation automation system.
Based on the end-use, the global irrigation automation market bifurcated into Agricultural, Non-agricultural. The non-agricultural segment accounts for the largest share in the global irrigation automation market and will continue to grow in the forecast period from 2020-2027. Due to the emerging use of non-agricultural applications used for watering the ground on time and can be controlling volume by remote are fueling the market share of irrigation automation. Moreover, the other use of non-agricultural applications includes sports grounds, residential, pastures, turf & landscapes, golf courses, and gardens. Therefore, it helps in using various components to keep the ground, gardens, and different places for optimizing the resources and enhancing production.
Based on geography, the global irrigation automation market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. In the Asia-Pacific region, the demand is owing to the development of technology, new advancement in irrigation instruments, and emerging change in traditional irrigation methods with automation methods help in bolstering the market share for irrigation automation in the Asia Pacific market.
Companies such as The Toro Company, Hunter Industries, Valmont Industries Inc., Rain Bird, Jain Irrigation Systems, Lindsay Corporation, Netafim, Galcon, Rubicon Water, Weathermatic, Nelson Irrigation, Mottech Water Solution Ltd, Avanijal Agri Automation Pvt Ltd., Calsense, Water Bit, and Hydropoint Data Systems, Irritec S.P.A, Blurain, Novagric, Hortau, Tevatronic, and Dorset Group B.V and others are key players in the global irrigation automation market.
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