This time during the annual leaves our family decided to visit our ancestral home in our village. Well everything looked the same, except for the farm lands. Instead of seeing farmers watering the lands manually, we were surprised to see large watering pipes moving in a circular pattern. Looking at our shocked faces, my uncle explained that gone are the days when majority of the work on agricultural farms was done manually.
As things are changing, the adoption of new and sophisticated technologies like geo-positioning systems, robotics and center pivot irrigation systems are being used by farmers to better manage their farmlands. According to individual crop requirements, water needs to be provided in specific amounts and at a particular time. Hence farmers are always on the look-out for modern and improved farm technology to simplify the irrigation process.
What is a Center Pivot Irrigation Systems?
It is a mechanized irrigation system which provides water to the crops in a circular pattern. The center pivot is made up of a movable pipe structure with nozzles, that rotates around a dominant axle connected to a water supply. The pipes move across the field by electrically powered wheels. It has also been found to be one of the most popular sprinkler irrigation systems, due to their efficiency and ability to irrigate uneven grounds, while maintaining low capital and management costs.
Irrigation is a delicate farm practice, and it is very important that the farmer has knowledge and the financial capacity to begin a beneficial irrigation system. However, many of them may not be aware that compared to other systems, the center pivot system provides many advantages. Along with water management, it boosts water efficiency, farm productivity and profitability.
Advantages of the Center Pivot Irrigation Systems –
The center pivot irrigation system mainly helps to reduce water usage, thereby enhancing agricultural yield. Growing need for higher yield and better-quality crops, increasing demand for food and cereals and supportive government policies to support modern agricultural practices are some major forces that strengthen the growth of center pivot irrigation system market considering the forthcoming years. However, high initial investment and continuous maintenance requirement are some key factors that impede the growth of global center pivot irrigation system market.
Apart from the aforementioned advantages, the center pivot system does not require human labor, may operate at lower pressure and conserve energy, as well as with a set timer, it may also regulate water application and sprinkle it at a particular time during day.
The global Center Pivot Irrigation Systems market size is expected to gain market growth in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025, with a CAGR of 8.1% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025 and is expected to reach US$ 1474.3 million by 2025, from US$ 1080.2 million in 2019.
These systems are ideal for large fields, where irrigating pulses and cereals is considered to be more economic owing to the high initial investment of the center pivot system. As per the FAO (The Food and Agriculture Organization, US), global cereal demand is projected to increase by 14% from 2018 to 2027. Also, cultivation of cereals and grains under center pivot irrigation system has shown significant growth. For instance: As per the Grain SA Organization, South Africa, Grains under center pivot irrigation contributed approximately 55% to the total area planted under center pivot in South Africa. The governments of many countries are looking into complementary investments that aims to promote on-farm technologies and boosting climate smart and water smart agricultural practices.
New and smart technology plays a big role with almost anything in crop production today. Keeping up with the trend of how new systems can help manage and boost efficiency on the field is a good habit. Additionally, with the introduction of automatic devices like center pivot irrigation systems can sometimes enable farm owners to manage more areas of land and cut labor costs, thus helping to control the initial expense.