In the realm of agriculture, water scarcity continues to present a challenge to farmers and growers across the globe. However, innovative solutions such as micro-irrigation systems promise to turn this challenge into an opportunity, transforming the way farming is done and contributing to more sustainable, efficient practices. Fuelled by the need to enhance crop productivity while effectively combating water shortage, the market for micro-irrigation systems is set to grow significantly.
Several key market drivers underscore the potential value of investing in this sector. Firstly, greater crop yields and profitability can be achieved by utilizing these systems, as their precise design reduces water wastage and optimizes use. Secondly, there's the environmental impact - providing a feasible solution to the worsening water scarcity problem. With world governments advocating the use of such technologies, there's a wealth of opportunities for businesses and investors in the micro-irrigation systems market. Harnessing these opportunities will not only contribute to ameliorate the pressing issue of water scarcity but will also have significant economic impacts.
- Micro-irrigation technologies are among the most effective systems farmers use in many developed economies to reduce water wastage. For instance, a major company such as Netafim Ltd offers drip irrigation systems that can be embedded in pipes to simplify the installation process while creating sustainable agricultural production and improving the livelihood and economic position of millions of smallholder farmers.
- Automatic drip irrigation is essential for controlling soil moisture, especially for specialized greenhouse vegetables. Total automation of drip irrigation systems provides a simple, meticulous method for controlling soil moisture and applying water. Effective time management, elimination of human errors in terms of estimation, and adjustment of available soil moisture levels are some of the factors augmenting the demand for automatic drip irrigation systems.
- Many countries are focused on developing micro irrigation because of water scarcity and demand for water to improve agricultural productivity. For instance, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in India allocated USD 100 billion to develop micro-sprinkler irrigation. The government has set a target of covering 100 lakh hectares for micro-irrigation within the next five years.
- The government of Colorado declared a serious water crisis in the south basin of the Colorado River in 2022. Ms. Kyrsten Sinema, Colorado's agricultural minister, announced a USD 4 billion compensation to help alleviate the adverse effects of the drought on the Colorado River. These funds were granted for renovating the dams of the river, its infrastructural development, and adequate water usage using drip irrigation.
- Factors such as an increase in water scarcity and rapid growth in greenhouse vegetable production are expected to be major drivers of micro irrigation. Furthermore, these systems are expected to increase profits generated per yield.
Micro-irrigation Systems Market Trends
Agricultural Water Scarcity Pushing Farmers Toward the Adoption of Micro Irrigation
- The micro-irrigation systems market is primarily driven by the need to increase crop productivity while addressing water scarcity issues. Thus, governments are focusing on formulating initiatives to increase the usage of micro-irrigation systems while limiting water shortage. With water increasingly becoming a scarce commodity, farmers have been seeking novel ideas to grow more crops with the same quantity of water.
- Governments across the world are providing schemes for the installation of micro irrigation systems. For instance, the central and state governments are promoting micro-irrigation technologies (MI) in India by providing different kinds of financial, institutional, and technical support, increasing the area under micro-irrigation globally.
- Micro-irrigation systems, including sprinklers and drippers, are witnessing high demand, which is expected to augment the market’s growth. A major challenge has been in designing them. There is a need to consider several aspects, such as how much water would be required, the layout, capacity, and size of the water pipe networks, and the number of sprinklers and drippers that need to be deployed.
- The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) developed a new system called the design of a micro-irrigation system (DOMIS). It is a web-based application that helps design customized micro-irrigation systems for efficient water utilization under different agro-climatic conditions. The institute plans to develop devices that utilize low amounts of water to help farms.
- The global population and the demand for food have increased significantly over the past few years. Sprinkler and drip irrigation systems provide limited quantities of water to farms with minimal wastage compared to conventional gravity flow irrigation.
Asia-Pacific is the Fastest-growing Market
- China is one of the leading manufacturers of micro-irrigation system components in the Asia-Pacific region. China exports micro-irrigation system components to many countries. Its exports are further expected to grow in the future. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is encouraging small farmers in China to use micro-irrigation.
- Furthermore, India is largely dependent on rainfed agriculture. The use of a micro-irrigation system may help the Indian agricultural sector reduce its dependence on rain and increase productivity. The most popular technologies used in India are drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation. Drip irrigation has the highest market share in India.
- The Indian government approved micro-irrigation coverage by doubling the Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF), created in collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), to USD 1.32 billion in 2021-2022. This fund is registered under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
- Apart from China and India, countries such as Vietnam, Korea, Bangladesh, and Pakistan continue to have large market shares. Farmers are investing in high-technology irrigation systems like drip and sprinklers due to the increasing water scarcity and to reduce input costs.
Micro-irrigation Systems Industry OverviewThe micro-irrigation systems market is consolidated, with the top five companies accounting for the majority of the market share. With the governments boosting the penetration of water conservation and efficiency driven by micro-irrigation systems, the market is expected to witness double-digit growth in the future. The major players in the market include Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, Netafim Limited, Lindsay Corporation, Rivulus Irrigation Limited, and The Toro Company.
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Table of Contents
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis-Industry Attractiveness -
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1.1 Drip Irrigation System
5.1.2 Sprinkler Irrigation System
5.1.3 Other Micro-irrigation Systems
5.2 By Component
5.2.1 Drip Irrigation Components
126.96.36.199 Valves and Filters
188.8.131.52 Pressure Regulators
184.108.40.206 Other Drip Irrigation Components
5.2.2 Sprinkler Irrigation Components
220.127.116.11 Pressure Regulators
18.104.22.168 Other Sprinkler Irrigation Components
5.3 By Cultivation Technology
5.3.1 Open Field
5.3.2 Protected Cultivation
5.4 By Application
5.4.1 Field Crops
5.4.2 Orchards and Vineyards
5.4.4 Plantation Crops
5.4.5 Other Applications
5.5 By Geography
5.5.1 North America
22.214.171.124 United States
126.96.36.199 Rest of North America
188.8.131.52 United Kingdom
184.108.40.206 Rest of Europe
220.127.116.11 South Korea
18.104.22.168 Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.5.4 South America
22.214.171.124 Rest of South America
126.96.36.199 South Africa
188.8.131.52 Rest of Africa
6.2 Market Share Analysis
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 Jain Irrigation Systems Limited
6.3.2 Netafim Limited
6.3.3 Lindsay Corporation
6.3.4 The Toro Company
6.3.5 Deere & Company
6.3.6 Rivulis Irrigation Limited
6.3.7 Harvel Agua
6.3.8 EPC Industrie
6.3.9 Nelson Irrigation Corporation
6.3.10 Rain Bird Corporation
6.3.11 Elgo Irrigation Ltd
6.3.12 Antelco Pty Ltd
6.3.13 Kothari Agritech Private Limited
A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:
- Jain Irrigation Systems Limited
- Netafim Limited
- Lindsay Corporation
- The Toro Company
- Deere & Company
- Rivulis Irrigation Limited
- Harvel Agua
- EPC Industrie
- Nelson Irrigation Corporation
- Rain Bird Corporation
- Elgo Irrigation Ltd
- Antelco Pty Ltd
- Kothari Agritech Private Limited