Global Irrigation Automation Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Irrigation Type (Sprinkler, Drip, Surface), By Application (Agricultural, Non-agricultural, Others), By Component (Controllers, Valves, Sprinklers, Sensors, Other components), By Automation Type (Time-based, Volume-based, Real-time Based, Computer-based Control System), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa), Analysis and Forecast 2021 – 2030

Industry: Agriculture


Global Irrigation Automation Market Insights Forecasts to 2030

  • The Global Irrigation Automation Market Size was valued at USD 3.69 Billion in 2021
  • The Market is Growing at a CAGR of 14.47% from 2021 to 2030
  • The Worldwide Irrigation Automation Market size is expected to reach USD 11.91 Billion by 2030
  • North America is expected To Grow the fastest during the forecast period

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The Global Irrigation Automation Market is expected to reach USD 11.91 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 14.47% during the forecast period 2022 to 2030. The Irrigation Automation Market Size is expected to grow significantly in the forecasting period, due to increasing government support for the mechanization of agriculture, particularly in developing countries, adoption of smart irrigation technologies, and the need for water conservation are among the key factors driving the market growth during the forecast period.


Market Overview

The process of irrigation with automatic systems is referred to as the Irrigation Automation. The operation of an automation irrigation system requires minimal manual intervention. With the help of irrigation automation, every step in the irrigation process can be solved automatically. It is extremely useful for drip, sprinkler, and surface irrigation systems. With the help of irrigation automation, labour work is greatly reduced, which can lower irrigation costs. Irrigation automation is also widely used because it helps to conserve water and eliminates water waste during the irrigation process. To be properly built for agricultural and non-agricultural use, irrigation automation requires the integration of hardware components such as controllers, sprinklers, sensors, valves, and other components.


Government supports the installation of advanced irrigation systems and promotes water conservation as a result of the growing water issues is also expected to have a positive impact on the global market in the coming years. For example, the Australian Government announced its On-farm Irrigation Efficiency Program to assist individual irrigators in increasing production and increasing the efficiency of on-farm irrigation water use and management. Individual irrigators will be assisted by the new program in changing irrigation infrastructure and practices in order to save water.


Agricultural activities are adopting mechanization and new smart technologies for a variety of purposes in order to reduce labour costs and complete tasks in less time with better results. This requirement may be fulfilled by the irrigation automation market, which will increase its demand and foster growth for the global irrigation automation market over the predicted period. Governments in agrarian nations are taking increasing initiatives that will attract the adoption of the irrigation automation market in the upcoming period.


Report Coverage

This research report categorizes the market for global irrigation automation market based on various segments and regions and forecasts revenue growth and analyzes trends in each submarket. The report analyses the key growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges influencing the irrigation automation market. Recent market developments and competitive strategies such as expansion, product launch, and development, partnership, merger, and acquisition have been included to draw the competitive landscape in the market. The report strategically identifies and profiles the key market players and analyses their core competencies in each sub-segment of the irrigation automation market.



Global Irrigation Automation Market Report Coverage

Report CoverageDetails
Base Year:2021
Market Size in 2021:USD 3.69 Billion
Forecast Period:2021-2030
Forecast Period 2021-2030 CAGR:14.47%
2030 Value Projection:USD 11.91 Billion
Historical Data for:2017-2020
No. of Pages:200
Tables, Charts & Figures:100
Segments covered:By Irrigation Type, By Application, By Component, By Automation Type, By Region, COVID-19 Impact Analysis
Companies Covered:Holman Industries, Jain Irrigation Systems, Weathermatic, Orbit Irrigation Products Inc., Lawn Genie, Stevens Water Monitoring Systems Inc., The Toro Company, Hunter Industries, Valmont Industries Inc., Rain Bird Corporation, Lindsay Corporation, Netafim, Rubicon Water, Nelson Irrigation Corporation, Viridix Ltd
Pitfalls & Challenges:COVID-19 Empact, Challenge, Future, Growth, & Analysis

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Driving Factors

Increased government efforts and campaigns to promote water conservation around the world, and rising farmer awareness of automated irrigation techniques and technologies, are major factors expected to drive global market growth during the projected period. Farmers' awareness of automated irrigation technologies has grown as the cost of labour and electricity has risen. Most farmers noticed a significant reduction in daily power consumption as well as reduced time and effort spent on irrigation. Farmers were able to reduce the number of visits to farms through automation, which helped reduce labour costs. Furthermore, the increasing use of various smart sprinklers, which are completely controllable and respond quickly to changes in climatic conditions, is expected to fuel the global adoption of these systems exponentially during the predicted period.


The emergence of smart irrigation technologies is transforming agriculture and landscape management. The combination of smart technologies helps to reduce the use of natural resources while increasing profit margins by lowering input costs. Smart technologies aid in the monitoring of soil conditions, weather, water level, and watering schedules. The irrigation system is incorporating smart technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and machine learning.


Restraining Factors

The automation of irrigation systems can be costly and requires a significant initial capital investment. The costly automated irrigation system is not affordable to every farmer in developing countries, where farmers are poor and unable to afford the costly technologies. As a result, the high cost of the automated irrigation system may hamper market growth over the predicted period.


Market Segmentation


The Global Irrigation Automation Market share is segmented into irrigation type, application, component, and automation type.

  • The drip irrigation segment is dominating the market over the forecast period.

Based on the irrigation type, the global irrigation automation market is segmented into sprinkler, drip, and surface. Among these, the drip irrigation segment dominated the market in 2021 and is expected to maintain its dominance over the projected period. Drip irrigation systems also reduce water waste due to field run-off and evaporation. Furthermore, factors such as lower water consumption capability and lower drip system costs are key factors driving the segment growth. As a result, the drip irrigation system is regarded as the most efficient method of irrigation worldwide, with the exception of some Asia Pacific countries, such as Japan and China, where high water-demanding crops such as rice are planted.


  • The non-agricultural sector is anticipated to hold a significant market share over the forecast period.

Based on the application, the global irrigation automation market is segmented into agricultural, non-agricultural, and others. Among these, the non-agricultural sector is anticipated to hold a significant market share over the predicted period. The growth of the non-agricultural segment is primarily due to an increase in the number of golf courses, gardens, sports grounds, residential, and turf around the world. In such applications, automated non-agricultural systems ensure timely watering with the appropriate amount of water. Furthermore, automatic irrigation techniques allow golf course owners to change the volume and control it remotely on an irrigation-based system, which is expected to contribute positively to the segment's growth in the forecast period.


Furthermore, as agriculture is one of the major occupations in many countries around the world, the agricultural segment held the largest market share in 2021 and accounted for a remarkable share. Furthermore, the agricultural applications standardized and low production costs make them affordable to consumers, particularly those from emerging economies such as India, China, and Indonesia.


  • In 2021, the controllers segment held the largest market share.

On the basis of component, the global irrigation automation market is differentiated into controllers, valves, sprinklers, sensors, and other components. Among these, the controller segment led the market and accounted for the largest global revenue share in 2021, and its dominance is expected to continue throughout the predicted period. The segment's expansion is being fueled primarily by rising demand for semi-automatic systems such as volume-based and time-based systems around the world. Furthermore, controllers assist in providing sufficient and required amounts of water at the right time according to the desired schedule, which is likely to fuel the segment's growth in the upcoming years.


The sensors segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period due to its numerous beneficial features such as real-time soil moisture levels and determining irrigation needs. Furthermore, in addition to precise soil moisture temperature and measurement via sensors, dripping systems can collaborate with automated and advanced technology, resulting in higher productivity with less reliance on a manual workforce, and is expected to significantly increase the market growth.


  • In 2021, the time-based automation segment held the largest market share.

On the basis of automation type, the global irrigation automation market is differentiated into time-based, volume-based, real-time based, computer-based control system. Among these, the time-based automation segment held the largest market share. The segmental growth can be attributed to benefits such as complete control over the irrigation process, less fuel required, and low labour costs, among others. The ability of time-based systems to allow the user to monitor crops, intervene, and better control at regular intervals of time at various irrigation stages is one of the key major factors driving the segment market to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period.


The real-time automation type segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment over the predicted period. Increased demand for real-time data collected by tensiometers and sensors for temperature, rain, and weather is driving the market. These automated tensiometers are used in conjunction with plant evapotranspiration systems to calculate the required levels of irrigation. Furthermore, real-time automation systems are more sustainable than time-based systems because they use less water. As a result, the aforementioned factors are expected to support segment growth over the projected period.


Regional Segment Analysis of the Global Irrigation Automation market

  • North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico) 
  • Europe (Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Rest of APAC)
  • South America (Brazil and the Rest of South America) 
  • The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)


The Asia Pacific region held the largest share of the Global Irrigation Automation Market.


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The Asia Pacific region dominated the irrigation automation market in 2021, accounting for a sizable market share, and is expected to do so throughout the forecast period. The presence of vast agricultural lands, changing climatic conditions, increasing penetration of reducing water waste, and government support in the region are all driving the market's growth. Furthermore, high population burdens and declining water levels in countries such as India and China force people to use sensor-based irrigation systems, which is expected to fuel the regional market growth during the forecast period.


North America is expected to grow the fastest during the projected period. Increasing irrigation system adoption due to a growing number of government initiatives in the region for better water conservation is a major factor expected to drive the region's irrigation automation market. For example, the EPA issued a few specifications to recognize certification programs for irrigation professionals in the installation, design, and system maintenance processes. Several initiatives encourage people to conserve water and use more sustainable irrigation methods. Furthermore, the presence of many large pool players such as The Toro Company, Valmont Industries Inc., Rain Bird Corporation, and Lindsay Corporation is propelling the market in the region's expansion.


Competitive Analysis:

The report offers the appropriate analysis of the key organizations/companies involved within the global irrigation automation market along with a comparative evaluation primarily based on their product offering, business overviews, geographic presence, enterprise strategies, segment market share, and SWOT analysis. The report also provides an elaborative analysis focusing on the current news and developments of the companies, which includes product development, innovations, joint ventures, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances, and others. This allows for the evaluation of the overall competition within the market.


List of Key Companies

  • Holman Industries
  • Jain Irrigation Systems
  • Weathermatic
  • Orbit Irrigation Products Inc.
  • Lawn Genie
  • Stevens Water Monitoring Systems Inc.
  • The Toro Company
  • Hunter Industries
  • Valmont Industries Inc.
  • Rain Bird Corporation
  • Lindsay Corporation
  • Netafim
  • Rubicon Water
  • Nelson Irrigation Corporation
  • Viridix Ltd


Key Target Audience

  • Market Players
  • Investors
  • End-users
  • Government Authorities 
  • Consulting And Research Firm
  • Venture capitalists
  • Value-Added Resellers (VARs)


Recent Developments

In April 2022, Viridix Ltd. has launched its most advanced precision irrigation system. Viridix's new Gen3 system integrates with remote monitoring and irrigation control solutions to create a revolutionary autonomous irrigation solution.


In March 2021, Toro Company announced the acquisition of Left-Hand Robotics, Inc. The Toro Company's leadership strategy in next-generation technologies, such as alternative power, smart connected, and autonomous products, was bolstered by the acquisition.


Market Segment

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2019 to 2030. Spherical Insights has segmented the Global Irrigation Automation Market based on the below-mentioned segments:


Global Irrigation Automation Market, By Irrigation Type

  • Sprinkler
  • Drip
  • Surface


Global Irrigation Automation Market, By Application

  • Agricultural
  • Non-agricultural
  • Others


Global Irrigation Automation Market, By Component

  • Controllers
  • Valves
  • Sprinklers
  • Sensors
  • Other components


Global Irrigation Automation Market, By Automation Type

  • Time-based
  • Volume-based
  • Real-time Based
  • Computer-based Control System


Global Irrigation Automation Market, By Region

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Uk
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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