▷ 506,500 hectares of irrigated open land in 2019

25.10.2021 – 08:00

Federal Office of Statistics


In agriculture, artificial irrigation is a possible solution strategy for responding to rising temperatures and prolonged periods of drought. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the basis of the final results of the 2020 agricultural census, around 506,500 hectares of open land were irrigated in Germany in 2019. Compared to 2009, the irrigated area has increased by 36%. How intensively watering is used, however, also depends heavily on the climatic conditions of the respective year.

The results of the agricultural census also show that farmers in Germany have increased their irrigation capacities over the past decade. The potentially irrigable open land area increased from 639,000 hectares in 2009 to 768,300 hectares in 2019, an increase of 20%.

The potentially irrigable open land area of ​​768,300 hectares in 2019 corresponds to around 5% of the total open land area – a rather low percentage in view of the increasing periods of drought. The front runners are Hamburg and Lower Saxony, which were able to irrigate 15% and 14% of their open land areas, respectively. However, the expansion of irrigation capacities is a cost-intensive process, which usually only takes place if it makes sense from an economic point of view. Furthermore, regional requirements and the available water capacity play a decisive role in the expansion of irrigation.

Further information on the subject of irrigation can be found in the StoryMap “Soil top performers”. With this StoryMap contribution, the series of publications ends, in which, in particular, regional results of the 2020 agricultural census on a variety of topics are presented in StoryMaps.

Further information on the final results of the 2020 agricultural census is available on the website of the Federal Statistical Office.

The complete press release as well as further information and functions are available on the website of the Federal Statistical Office at https://www.destatis.de/pressemitteilungen to find.

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