GVR Report cover Irrigation Automation Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Irrigation Automation Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Automation Type, By Component (Controllers, Sensors, Valves, Sprinklers), By Irrigation Type, By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Sep, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-153-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 80

Report Overview

The global irrigation automation market size was valued at USD 2.65 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.8% from 2020 to 2027. The market is expected to witness an incremental surge in demand due to increased water scarcity instances and shifting trend towards mechanization of agricultural processes across the globe. Increasing water crisis coupled with unpredictable rainfall patterns is excessively hampering the use of conventional agrarian irrigation techniques, thus escalating demand for the use of advanced irrigation techniques for cultivation globally. Irrigation automation systems operate with no or minimum manual intervention besides the surveillance. Also, these systems minimize water wastage, labor expenses, and constant monitoring.

North America irrigation automation market size

In recent years, the irrigation process has shifted from manual to automatic systems. Feedback based approaches fused into automated systems have enabled more efficient handling of resources than the traditional irrigation systems. Automatic irrigation requires the integration of hardware components, such as controllers, sprinklers, sensors, valves, and other components, to build an automated system for non-agricultural and agricultural applications. These automatic systems enable the user to modify the irrigation process according to real-time data, time, volume, and computer-based systems to control the watering. Moreover, irrigation automation systems are mostly used in a vast irrigated area, further distributed into small segments termed as irrigation blocks. Then these segments are watered in sequence to match the discharge available from the water source.

Several governments support the installation of irrigation automation systems and take initiatives to promote water conservation globally due to the rising issues of water scarcity. For instance, recently, the Australian government has announced the On-farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP) to support individual irrigators to improve the productivity and efficiency of on-farm irrigation water use and management. The program will help irrigators in changing irrigation practices and enhancing irrigation infrastructure to save water. Some of the irrigation practices include installing water metering, automatic outlets or gates, and telemetry systems, among others. Besides, in September 2019, the Government of Western Australia offered a rebate for a weather smart and automated irrigation controller to Perth’s residential customers. The rebate was meant for the programming and purchase of weather automated and smart irrigation products to help them save water.

In the wake of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, irrigation automation manufacturers and sellers have been facing several production issues, including factory shutdowns, non-availability of raw materials, and shortage of resources, among others. Also, the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in disruptions in the supply chain across agriculture ecosystems. The supply of hardware equipment has slowed down and has affected the market players across the irrigation automation value chain. However, due to less human intervention, the remote irrigation operations have been less affected by the pandemic and are expected to witness more robust demand in the forthcoming years.

Automation Type Insights

The time-based automation type segment led the market and accounted for more than 30% of the global revenue in 2019. The high share is primarily attributable to the benefits such as full control of the irrigation process, less labor cost, and less amount of fuel used, among others. The time-based automation system allows the user to control, intervene, and monitor crops at a regular interval of time at different irrigation stages. Therefore, the time-based system is more adapted for the productivity of the harvest.

The real-time based automation type segment is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing segment registering a CAGR of around 18% over the forecast period. The growth is attributable to the growing demand for real-time data gathered using tensiometers and sensors for temperature, rain, and weather. These automated tensiometers are used to calculate the required levels of irrigation in combination with plant evapotranspiration systems. Besides, real-time based automation systems are comparatively more sustainable than time-based systems, as water consumption is lesser. Therefore, the factors mentioned above are anticipated to support segment growth over the forecast period.

Component Insights

The controller segment led the market and accounted for more than 30% of the global revenue share in 2019. The high share of the segment is attributable to the increasing demand for semi-automatic systems, including volume-based and time-based systems, which has led to a rise in demand for controllers in the overall market. Controllers help in providing the required amount of water at the right time according to the desired schedule. Also, controllers direct the entire irrigation process, directed by sensors that help fetch real-time data about the weather, soil, and plant, directly affecting the irrigation process.

The sensors segment is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing segment registering a CAGR of around 18% from 2020 to 2027. Sensors help in gaining real-time soil moisture levels and determining irrigation needs. Sensors improve connectivity and access real-time data via an installed app or a web-based interface to irrigators on their smartphones. Furthermore, with precise soil moisture temperature and measurement predicted solutions through sensors, dripping systems and sprinklers can work simultaneously with automated technology, thereby resulting in higher productivity with a minimal manual workforce. Therefore, the factors mentioned above are anticipated to support the sensor segment growth over the forecast period.

Irrigation Type Insights

The drip irrigation type segment led the irrigation automation market and accounted for more than 35% of the global revenue share in 2019. The segment is anticipated to continue its dominance over the forecast period due to the system’s long life span of almost ten years. This makes it a durable irrigation system with high operating efficiency, resulting in higher consistency in yields. Also, drip irrigation systems eliminate water wastage in terms of field run-off and evaporation. Moreover, factors such as less water consumption ability and lower cost of drip systems are other key factors that drive the segment growth. Therefore, the drip irrigation system is considered the most efficient means of irrigation across the globe except in some Asia Pacific countries, including Japan and China, where high water demanding crops like rice are sown.

The sprinkler irrigation type segment is projected to exhibit a significant CAGR of more than 16% from 2020 to 2027. Sprinkler helps in moving water over vast distances, thereby improving water consumption efficiency. Also, sprinklers can be incorporated with weather-based intelligent systems, which respond precisely to the real-time weather conditions and are supported by smartphones, offering full control of the irrigation process to the operator. Moreover, the benefits of safety, convenience, and aesthetics provided by the sprinkler irrigation system are the other factors increasing their demand in the overall market.

Application Insights

The non-agricultural application segment is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing segment registering a CAGR of around 17.5% from 2020 to 2027. The growth is attributable to the upsurge in golf courses, sports grounds, pastures, gardens, residential, and turf and landscapes across the globe. The irrigation automation systems ensure on-time watering with the required amount of water in these non-agricultural applications while decreasing the water bills. Also, automatic irrigation systems in golf courses allow the growers and owners to modify the irrigation based on time or volume and control it remotely.

Global irrigation automation market share

The agricultural application was the largest segment and accounted for more than 59% of the global revenue in 2019. Agriculture is one of the key occupations in several regions. This factor is anticipated to fuel the growth of the segment. Also, standardized and low production cost makes it affordable for consumers in emerging countries of Latin America and Asia Pacific. The use of automation irrigation saves time and labor. Therefore, this technology is preferred by large farmers and agricultural parks across the globe.

The agricultural segment is divided into three sub-segments, namely, open fields, greenhouses, and others. The greenhouse segment is anticipated to register significant growth over the forecast period, owing to the escalating demand for water-efficient and cost-effective cultivation techniques. The increasing cost of water and electricity, coupled with increasing awareness towards climate change, has encouraged home gardeners and greenhouse owners to implement tools and methods for increasing production efficiency.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region dominated the market with a revenue share of over 26% in 2019. Furthermore, the region is anticipated to continue its dominance over the forecast period due to factors such as the presence of the vast agricultural lands, rapidly changing climatic conditions, strong government support, increased need for reducing wastage of water, and advancement in irrigation instruments. Also, lowering water levels in the region's river basins is forcing people towards sensor-based irrigation systems.

The North America region is projected to exhibit a significant CAGR of around 16.7% from 2020 to 2027. The growth is characterized primarily by the presence of key market participants in the region such as The Toro Company; Valmont Industries Inc.; Rain Birds; Lindsay Corporation; and Nelson Irrigation Corporation. Strict government regulations for reducing water footprint, especially in the U.S., are expected to boost the market growth. The Middle East and Africa region is also anticipated to witness a notable growth as automated irrigation systems have significantly strengthened the green revolution in Israel.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market providers are focusing on new product development and mergers and acquisitions, which aids in strengthening their market presence. For instance, in July 2020, Lindsay Corporation announced to acquire Net Irrigate, an agriculture Internet of Things (IoT) technology company providing remote monitoring solutions for irrigation consumers. The acquisition aimed at helping growers increase energy and water efficiency and use more advanced and sustainable farming practices while maintaining and operating irrigation systems. Some prominent players in the irrigation automation market include:

  • The Toro Company

  • Hunter Industries

  • Valmont Industries Inc.

  • Rain Bird Corporation

  • Jain Irrigation Systems

  • Lindsay Corporation

  • Netafim

  • Galcon

  • Rubicon Water

  • Nelson Irrigation

Irrigation Automation Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 3.02 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 8.96 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 16.8% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments Covered

Automation type, components, irrigation type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; Russia; China; India; Japan; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

The Toro Company; Valmont Industries Inc.; Rain Birds; Lindsay Corporation; Nelson Irrigation Corporation

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global irrigation automation market report based on automation type, component, irrigation type, application, and region:

  • Automation Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Time-based

    • Volume-based

    • Real-time-based

    • Computer-based Control System

  • Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Controllers

    • Sensors

    • Valves

    • Sprinklers

    • Others

  • Irrigation Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Sprinkler Irrigation

    • Drip Irrigation

    • Surface Irrigation

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Agricultural

      • Open Fields

      • Greenhouses

    • Non-Agricultural

      • Golf Courses

      • Residential

      • Sports Grounds

      • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia

    • South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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