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Drip irrigation system allows controlled use of water, where water is slowly delivered to the root system of plants. Using this method water is either dripped onto the soil surface above the roots or directly to the root zone. This method aims to reduce water evaporation. Drip irrigation system, with proper installation and management can help in substantial conservation of water by controlling evaporation and drainage. It can be used effectively for all soil types and it can control soil erosion. Moreover, the drip system is also helpful in providing organic matter and nutrients to the plants through the drip pipes.

It is most efficient method of irrigation, as it requires less amount of water and wets only the required area. This system has potential to provide high yield with limited resources, which has propelled its demand for agricultural use. Furthermore, government initiatives of providing subsidies for drip irrigation is major factor boosting growth of the global drip irrigation market. However, the high installation cost of drip irrigation system is expected to be the major restraining factor for growth of the market.

Drip Irrigation Market Taxonomy:

On the basis of components, the global drip irrigation market is segmented into:

  • Filters
  • Drip pipes
  • Emitters
  • Valves
  • Pressure gauge
  • Fittings
  • Others

On the basis of crop type, the global drip irrigation market is segmented into:

  • Cereals and pulses
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Turf and ornamentals
  • Other crops

On the basis of application type, the global drip irrigation market is segmented into:

  • Greenhouse irrigation
  • Agricultural irrigation
  • Landscape irrigation
  • Others

The transpiration and evaporation effects in a greenhouse lead to excessive water loss, which damage the plants. Among application, the agricultural irrigation segment is the most commonly used application, followed by greenhouse irrigation. Drip irrigation can be used for water retention in a green house. Specially designed products for use in a greenhouse drip irrigation system include overhead spray, greenhouse timers, and container spray.

Drip Irrigation Market Outlook:

  • Asia Pacific market is anticipated to grow at a substantial rate over the forecast period, owing to incentives and subsidies provided by the government. Moreover, advantages associated with use of drip irrigation such as high yield and low wastage of water are fueling growth of the market in emerging economies such as China and India. Furthermore, the restriction on soil erosion and easy fertilization are major factors driving growth of the drip irrigation market. The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in India under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR) has proposed a scheme of approximately 153 Million US$ for the period of 2015 -2016.
  • The drip irrigation market in Europe is expected to gain significant traction over the forecast period, owing to reduction in arable land, water scarcity due to industrialization, and increasing population in Europe. Moreover, government is encouraging high crop production with limited resources through drip irrigation. In 2016, EU and Eritrea has signed a deal of US$ 22.24 million for Drip Irrigation Systems Supply and Installation Deal.
  • Drip irrigation is also expected to have high demand in the Middle East and North African region (MENA), owing to the need for water management in arid regions. Moreover, increased greenhouse irrigation in Egypt and Qatar has further augmented the growth of drip irrigation market.

Major players are adopting various inorganic growth strategies in order to enhance their footprint in the market. Major players operating in drip irrigation market include Rain Bird Corporation, Netafim limited, Lindsay Corporation, S.A, Driptech Incorporated, Microjet Irrigation System, Rivulus Irrigation, Toro Company, EPC Industries LTD, and Eurodrip. 

Drip Irrigation Market Key Developments:

  • On 20th March 2019, Rain Bird Corporation, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, announced the launch of its new LG3HE In-Ground Sprinkler with Click-n-Go Hose Connect. This was launched for the ease of homeowners to install a sprinkler system.
  • In 2017, Rivulis Irrigation Ltd. of Israel merged with Eurodrip S.A. of Greece to create a global leader in micro irrigation. This merger helped the company in expanding its product portfolio.
  • In December 2016, Rain Bird Corporation, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, announced the release of its new ST8 Smart Irrigation WiFi Timer. This product was developed for the convenience of sprinkler operation and for the purpose of saving water.
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