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The global drip irrigation market Size was valued at USD 4.63 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 9.37 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.30% during the forecast period.
The global market for drip irrigation systems is primarily driven by the efforts taken to increase agricultural productivity with the use of limited resources. Rapidly growing world population is leading to the intensification in demand for agricultural products, which is further boosting the demand for agricultural crop cultivation by using minimum resources such as arable land, water, and energy. Increasing water crisis across the globe is encouraging governments to promote water-efficient irrigation technologies such as drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems for agricultural as well as non-agricultural purposes. These systems allow farmers to control the extent, regularity, and frequency of water application to the crops.
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Increasing Shift from Traditional to Modern, Water-Efficient Irrigation Technologies
Rapid depletion of water resources in the majority of the parts of the world has raised great concerns over global agri-prosperity. The aforementioned reason is leading to increased demand for water-saving agricultural practices and irrigation systems such as drip irrigation. The ability of drip irrigation to deliver water required by plants directly to the root zone helps achieve excellent plant growth. Comparatively low cost of installation and no labor cost factors are other essential aspects that are driving the use of drip irrigation.
Rising Concerns over Increasing Agricultural Yields to Support the Growth of the Drip Irrigation Market
According to the United Nations (UN), the world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. To feed the growing population, advanced irrigation technologies are highly required in the existing agriculture system. At present, the use of drip irrigation systems is very limited and hence it has a wide scope of growth in the forthcoming years. There are numerous benefits associated with the use of micro-irrigation such as the reduction in weed growth and soil erosion, uniform water distribution, proper field leveling, and others. At the same time, the industry is utilizing modern technologies such as IoT, automation technologies, and remote monitoring concepts to bring precision in the irrigation activities to enhance water use efficiency.
Increasing Governmental Support to Proliferate the Drip Irrigation Market Growth
With the growing awareness regarding the importance of micro-irrigation types such as drip irrigation in today’s agriculture, government bodies across the globe are offering high subsidies to promote its adoption among farmers. Launch of awareness programs to educate farmers about modern farming practices is predicted to further aid the growth of the market of micro irrigation systems. Moreover, companies present in the market are making continuous efforts by expanding their product portfolio, expansion across the globe, and collaborating with governments, which is expected to positively influence the market during the forecast period.
The Requirement of High Initial Investment to Hamper the Growth of the Market
In many developing economies, farmers are resisting to adopt micro-irrigation systems due to the high initial cost required for its set up, which is acting as a restraining factor for this market’s growth. Furthermore, lengthy installation time of the system and damage to irrigation components such as drip tubes due to over-exposure to sun heat can also act as restraints for the growth of the drip irrigation market. Micro-irrigation is more suitable for horticulture or orchard crops, where these systems have the limitation of adoption in field crops such as corn, wheat, soybean, etc.
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Emitters to Hold a Significant Market Share as They Play a Vital Role in the Functioning of the Whole System
Emitters, which is also called drippers, are components that are incorporated in drip irrigation systems to control the emission of water into the root zone at a specific rate. Their easy installation makes them highly desirable for commercial as well as residential drip irrigation purposes. On-line drippers and in-line drippers are the most common dripper types. The use of in-line drippers is high as they are widely preferred for row and field crops such as vegetables, onion, cotton, and other crops. Filters, valves, and pressure pumps are other prominent components that play a significant role in the smooth functioning of trickle irrigation systems. For instance, a pressure pump is highly required to ensure the smooth travel of water through various components such as control head, emitters, pipe networks, and other accessories.
Drip Irrigation Systems Use in Orchard Crops are Expected to Grow at the Fastest Pace due to Growing Cultivation Area
The orchard crops segment accounted for a major share in the global market owing to the convenience of adoption of the irrigation method followed by the other benefits such as frequency, root zone irrigation benefits, etc.
Earlier, micro-irrigation was mainly limited to the production of high-value cash crops, however, with the increasing concerns over food security and water crisis, the micro-irrigation form is getting wide adoption in other crop segments such as field crops, landscape & turf, and others such as vegetables, forest crops, and nursery. Rising profitability due to the use of trickle irrigation systems for growing crops is expected to contribute in boosting the adoption of trickle irrigation in the aforementioned crop production during the forecast period.
The utilization of micro-irrigation in developed markets of Europe and some parts of North America for the production of fruits and vegetables is expected to remain significant throughout the forecast period. The presence of large area under irrigation that is allocated to horticulture production and production of vegetables and cash crops such as sugarcane and others is anticipated to boost the growth of these segments within the aforementioned regions.
Surface Application to Hold a Major Share as it is Widely Practiced Across the Globe
The surface application is highly preferred and practiced across areas where problems such as waterlogging are prevalent. The wide adoption of surface drip irrigation can also be attributed to the achievement of high water distribution uniformity (in the root zone) as compared to subsurface irrigation. The surface irrigation segment is used to irrigate a wide variety of crops ranging from annual row crops to perennial crops. Moreover, the high cost-effectively of the application method is another prominent reason for its wide adoption across several developed and developing economies. The subsurface application segment is projected to witness the fastest growth during the foreseeable years attributed to its potential in improving crop yield, associated long-term crop benefits, and capability to eliminate surface water evaporation and reduce crop diseases.
Asia-Pacific Drip Irrigation Market Size, 2018 (USD Billion)
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Asia Pacific to Remain Dominant Owing to Increasing Installation of Drip Irrigation Systems in Emerging Economies
The drip irrigation market forecast in Asia Pacific is expected to generate the highest revenue owing to the presence of large irrigated areas within the region and increasing the adoption of micro-irrigation systems across economies such as China and India. Several reasons are expected to act as driving forces in making the region the fastest-growing region in the global market. Rising technological up-gradation in the agriculture industry, coupled with escalating farmer awareness about modern farming techniques and irrigation systems such as precision irrigation systems is expected to drive the growth of the market within the region. The rapidly growing population across the region and declining arable land is encouraging agriculturists and farmers to shift towards more sustainable agricultural practices. Governmental support to micro-irrigation and high subsidies offered on their installation is predicted to act as a crucial driving factor for the growth of Asia Pacific market. Moreover, an increasing number of market players and the presence of well-established market players such as Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. and Chinadrip will further boost the growth of the market across the region.
The market in Europe is saturated as most of its irrigated land is under drip and sprinkler irrigation and these irrigation techniques are being practiced in the region since long. The high awareness about water-use-efficiency and water-saving irrigation technologies for crop production is a prominent factor for the growth of the market in Europe. Micro-irrigation is widely practiced in European countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.
North America is projected to follow Asia Pacific in terms of revenue growth in the global drip irrigation market. The irrigation form is widely practiced across the U.S. Innovation in the irrigation sector and increasing focus to produce higher crop yield by using least available resources are acting as primary drivers for the growth of the irrigation market across North America. The high efficacy of drip irrigation in saving water utilized in agricultural productions has tremendously contributed in increasing the adoption of the technique across large as well as medium-sized farms in the U.S, and other economies of North America.
Consolidated Industry Structure to Aid the Growth of the Market
The irrigation products and systems market structure is consolidated due to the dominance of some key giants and their widespread presence in the global marketplace. The manufacturers are intensively capitalizing on-base expansion, the launch of new systems, digitalization of existing irrigation techniques, and implementation of cost reduction techniques in the global marketplace. Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Netafim Limited, Rivulis Irrigation, and Lindsay Corporation are some of the major companies which hold the major market share in this market.
The growing world population and increasing burden of feeding the rapidly growing population is encouraging agriculturists and farmers to use micro-irrigation systems for growing row crops.
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Value (USD billion)
By Crop Type
Fortune Business Insights says that the value of the market was at USD 4.63 Billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 9.37 Billion by 2026.
Growing at a CAGR of 9.30%, the market will exhibit tremendous growth in the forecast period (2019-2026).
Emitters segment is expected to be the leading segment among components in the global market during the forecast period.
Increasing demand for crop production by using limited resources is driving the growth of the market.
Lindsay Corporation, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Netafim Limited, Rivulis Irrigation Ltd, and The Toro Company are few of the key players in the market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in 2018.
The subsurface segment is expected to grow at the fastest pace during the forecast period.
Rising initiation and innovation in agricultural water conservation activities is one of the major growth factor for this market.
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