The smart irrigation market is projected to grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 2.3 billion by 2026; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.9 % from 2021 to 2026.
The factors such as government initiatives for promoting water conservation, growth of smart cities and need for efficient irrigation systems, decreasing cost of sensors and controllers used in smart irrigation systems are driving the growth of the smart irrigation market. However, concerns associated with a breach of security in the context of smart irrigation system is the key factor limiting the growth of the smart irrigation market.
The market for the open-field agriculture segment is to grow at a higher CAGR than that of the greenhouse segment during the forecast period.
The market for open-field agriculture applications is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Various benefits associated with smart irrigation technology for open-field applications include high crop yield, enhanced crop quality, and efficient energy usage. In open-field irrigation, controllers assure that the important premixed nutrients are evenly distributed throughout open-field crops, as a result of which smart irrigation systems are widely being deployed for the open-field application.
The market for the residential non-agriculture segment to dominate the smart irrigation market during the forecast period
The market for residential type held the largest market in the year 2020 and is expected to witness a surge in the coming years. The residential application is expected to hold the largest share of the market owing to tremendous growth in the construction of smart homes or smart cities throughout the world. Further, the increasing rate of replacement of conventional timer-based controllers with new smart irrigation controllers by residential homeowners and contractors is another factor contributing to the growth of the market. The rising disposable income especially across emerging economies has enabled homeowners to adopt smart irrigation systems.
Smart irrigation market for sensors to hold the second-largest share by 2021
The smart irrigation market for sensors is expected to account for the second-largest share by 2021 The growth of this market can be attributed to a gradual shift in climatic conditions, increasing stringency of environmental regulations, and growing need for improving crop productivity. Likewise, the rapid advancement in wireless technologies is paving way for the market growth. For example, integration of Wi-Fi or cloud-based systems in plant canopy along with soil moisture sensors to receive real-time data on field conditions and utilizing GPS for the movement tracking of central pivot or linear move machines are also acting as the key determinants fueling the growth of the target market. The increasing adoption of soil moisture sensors, rain sensors, and fertigation sensors for irrigation scheduling at agriculture farms is expected to fuel the growth of this market during the forecast period.
Europe to hold a significant share of the smart irrigation market during the forecast period
Europe is expected to hold a significantly large share of the smart irrigation market during the forecast period. Europe is the second-largest market for smart irrigation owing to the large cultivated and irrigated land area. Farmers in Europe are already using smart irrigation technologies for increasing crop yield and minimizing the water used in irrigation. This region is currently in the early adoption stage and holds huge potential for the smart irrigation market. Government agricultural policies in some countries such as France and Spain, focusing on the provision of requisite infrastructure for irrigation and subsidies to farmers for the installation of irrigation equipment, along with the guarantee of low water cost for agriculture, have driven the use of modern irrigation technologies in these countries. Few of the major companies operating in the smart irrigation market are based in Europe such as Delta-T Devices (UK), Soil Scout (Finland), and Caipos (Austria) which are focused on developing innovative smart irrigation solutions. These factors have paved the way for the increased adoption of smart irrigation solutions in the region.
Market Dynamics: Drivers
COVID-19 Impact: Accelerated Deployment of IoT Sensors and Nodes
Government Initiatives to Promote Water Conservation
Growth of Smart Cities and Need for Efficient Irrigation Systems
Decreasing Cost of Sensors and Controllers Used in Smart Irrigation Systems
Implementation of Smart Irrigation Technologies on Fragmented Land
High Costs and Limited Technical Knowledge and Skills Among Farmers
Issues Related to Breach of Security
Advancements in Communication Technologies and Advent of 5G Network Amid COVID-19
Integration of Smartphones with Wireless Irrigation Controllers Post-COVID-19
Lack of Standardization in Industry
Connectivity Issues for Implementation in Rural Areas
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