Irrigation, often known as watering, is the agricultural practice of applying controlled measures of water to land to aid in the growth of crops, as well as to produce landscaping plants and lawns. Smart irrigation process helps in automating the irrigation procedure and reducing the water use which ultimately reduces the irrigation cost, gives better understanding of the soil and crop moisture content, timely notifications of the abnormalities in soil, good long- term health of the landscape. The smart irrigation market is at a growth phase. Agricultural consumes more than 50% of the water for irrigation. Therefore, as an acceptable solution, there is a need to reduce agricultural water use by utilizing water in the right quantities. Internet-based software systems provide a cost-effective approach to water management, thereby promoting the global smart irrigation market.
The global smart irrigation market was estimated to be at $1.26 billion in 2020, which is expected to grow with a CAGR of 13.69% and reach $2.75 billion by 2026. The growth in the global smart irrigation market is expected to be driven by increasing demand for sustainability and increased mechanization and automation in agriculture industry. North America generated the highest revenue of $460.6 million in 2020 due to high technological advancement in the region, high awareness on smart and modern irrigation solutions for agricultural and non-agricultural applications, and around 40 million acres of lawn, thus, turf grasses occupying more than 1.9% area of continental U.S., which requires daily watering for the maintenance.
Some key players operating in the global smart irrigation market are: Banyan Water, Inc., Caipos GmbH, Calsense, ET Water Systems, Inc., Galcon, Hunter Industries, HydroPoint, Jain Irrigation, Inc., Netafim, Orbit Irrigation Products LLC, Rachio inc., and Rain Bird Corporation.
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