Micro irrigation is the regular supply of small amounts of water, typically in the form of discrete drops, continuous drops, or tiny streams through emitters installed along a water delivery line, directly above and below the soil surface to the plant root zone. It is a family of irrigation systems that primarily uses sprinkler irrigation and drip irrigation, two basic forms, for precision water application in agricultural applications.

In 2021, the market value of micro irrigation systems was worth USD 10.29 billion and by 2030 it will reach USD 30.26 billion, at a 12.73% CAGR during the forecast period.

Micro irrigation has emerged as one of the most popular watering techniques due to the numerous benefits that drip irrigation systems and micro sprinkler irrigation systems both provide. The main benefits of micro irrigation are its high effectiveness, low cost, and low maintenance requirements. Moreover, micro irrigation systems are frequently utilized to reduce wasteful use of water, electricity, and fertilizers, preventing waste, and boosting crop output.

Market Dynamics

Drought protection for agricultural areas is now available with the deployment of modern irrigation systems. Farmers have experienced varied degrees of success with effective irrigation scheduling methods. The use of contemporary technology to schedule irrigation is growing in popularity, and many farmers are having success with it. By adopting micro irrigation systems, which require little water and produce a high yield, farmers may maintain the same output levels even during a drought year.

Micro irrigation techniques reduce the amount of water used for crops, limiting the harm to the environment and the depletion of the water table. Since major agricultural and food firms operate on enormous scales, either through their own farms or through their subsidiaries, there is a market opportunity for micro irrigation systems.

Technical Market Trends

Farmers all around the world take advantage of drip irrigation’s benefits, thanks to new technologies brought about by changes and improvements in the irrigation industry. In locations prone to drought, drip irrigation is highly helpful in lowering water usage while maintaining healthy crop growth. Weeds are not supplied adequate nutrients because hundreds of feet of pipe are used to send water straight to the plant through drippers.

Pressure compensating (PC) drippers, which are used in new irrigation systems, require less pumping power, which further reduces energy costs and makes solar irrigation an alternative.

A web-based program called DOMIS (short for Creation of Micro-irrigation System) aids in the creation of specialized micro-irrigation systems for particular agricultural fields in a variety of agro-climatic settings and conditions for any crop. The three main stages of DOMIS, which features a graphical user interface, are as follows. It starts by creating blocks of varied sizes out of the entire field. The pipes’ optimal configuration is then determined. Lastly, based on regional agro-climatic and environmental factors, it forecasts the water requirements of the field and crops.

Market Segmentation

By Type

In 2021, the drip irrigation system segment ruled the entire market with around 60% of the revenue share. Furthermore, drip irrigation is becoming increasingly popular among growers of field crops. Also, a rise in the cost of field crops, a decrease in water use. And the use of sustainable irrigation techniques all promote the market for drip irrigation. Also, as the population grows, food need rises, driving up sales of drip irrigation. Increase market demand for micro irrigation systems in the long run.

By Crop

The plantation crops segment held majority of market in 2021. And will grow at the fastest rate from 2022 to 2030. This kind of irrigation is beneficial for many horticulture crops because they need a particular atmosphere to grow properly, such as fruits and vegetables. The market for micro irrigation systems is expanding due to the demand for high-value crops and cash crops. The adaptability of drip irrigation systems for growing a variety of orchard crops. Such as tomatoes, bananas, beetroots, and others, also contributes to the market expansion for micro irrigation systems.

Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific was the biggest regional market in 2021 with USD 282.82 million in revenue. It is due to rural farmers’ use of micro irrigation systems and the rise in popularity of organic foods. Also, as the region moves its focus toward creating new irrigation systems. A high adoption of modern irrigation systems including drip and sprinkler irrigation is taking place.

The market for micro irrigation systems in the Middle East and Africa holds the second-largest share. The demand for goods and services in this area is rising as a result of urbanization and well-maintained drainage systems. Also, the government’s increasing investment in raising the standard of living helps the economy expand. Also, in the Rest of the World, the South African micro irrigation system market had the highest market share.

Key Players

  • Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.,
  • Netafim Ltd.,
  • Hunter Industries,
  • Nelson Irrigation,
  • Rain Bird Corporation,
  • Valmont Industries, Inc.,
  • T-L Irrigation Co.
  • Lindsay Corporation,
  • Rivulis Irrigation
  • The Toro Company,

In 2021, the market value of micro irrigation systems was worth USD 10.29 billion. And by 2030 it will reach USD 30.26 billion, at a 12.73% CAGR during the forecast period.  The market for micro irrigation systems is primarily drive by an increase in the need for food and agricultural products. As well as an increase in issues with water supply and storage.

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