Europe Agricultural Drones Market by Type, by Components, by Technology: Ken Research

Agricultural Drones Market Definition and Overview

A drone is a gliding humanoid that can be controlled manually or autonomously by software-controlled flight plans in its embedded systems, which interlink with inbuilt sensors and a navigation system (GPS). These are usually termed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems. These are used in a number of industries, including the military, agriculture, space research, telecommunications, construction, mining, and others. Agricultural Drones can be used for a variety of tasks, such as precision farming, livestock monitoring, smart greenhouses, irrigation, and forestry which assist farmers in increasing agricultural productivity and lowering production costs. Drone technology in agriculture has improved considerably as the benefits of using it becomes more noticeable or evident to farmers.

Europe Agricultural Drones Market Outlook, Drivers and Challenges

The Agricultural Drones market in Europe is expected to witness a strong growth at CAGR of nearly 20% during the forecasted period. Europe is gradually increasing the use of drones in a variety of industries. For instance, the European Commission announced a plan in 2021 to implement a Drone Strategy 2.0 in 2022 in order to strengthen the region’s forthcoming vision for sustainable and smart mobility. This initiative seeks to incorporate drones into new offerings of sustainable services and transportation. The emerging use of drones in such sectors will create an indelible imprint for the usage of drones in the agriculture sector as well.

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The increasing labor shortage caused by factors such as the aging population, low wages, and immigration disruption in the COVID-19 pandemic, is driving up demand for agricultural UAVs/drones. According to the European government, in 2021, several European countries experienced a severe shortage of migrant laborers in their agricultural sectors at a time when their presence was necessary to make sure and maintain the production of spring fruits and vegetables.

There is a rise in need for precision farming technology over the past few years, owing to the steadily increasing focus on improving field efficiency and productivity. Thereby, demand for agricultural UAVs/drones is increasing in order to grow more and better products through the efficient use of resources, such as soil, water, nutrient solution, chemicals, etc.

Farmers are benefiting from the continuous technological advancements in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones for crop monitoring, irrigation, crop spraying, and soil & field analysis. However, the high costs associated with such devices are confining the market growth, as agricultural UAVs are embedded with expensive autonomous functionalities that operate using AI-powered navigation and operational software that raise the finished cost of a product. The lack of awareness among farmers or their reluctance to adapt to the advancing technologies around them is another challenge to the growth of the agricultural drones market. Furthermore, the stringent regulations incorporated by several governments across countries on the flying of drones at certain heights is likely to be a source of concern for farmers with vast agricultural land.

Europe Agricultural Drones Market Value Chain Analysis

The raw material supplier is responsible for sourcing the raw materials used in drones, such as carbon fiber-reinforced composites (CRFCs), thermoplastics (polyester, nylon, polystyrene), aluminum & lithium ion batteries, and supplies to component manufacturers. The component manufacturers then use such raw materials to create a variety of product parts, such as the frame, engines, transmitter, PDB, propeller, and more. These are then supplied to agricultural drone companies or manufacturers who assemble those parts and convert them into the drone by incorporating numerous technologies and finalizing the product through packaging and labelling. These products are then distributed via channels including, direct and traditional channels like retail stores. These distributors & retailers then sell the finished product or deliver the products to customers/end-user.


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Europe Agricultural Drones Market Segmentation

The Europe market for Agricultural Drones can be segmented based on their Type into categories, such as Multi-Rotor Drones, and Fixed-Wing Drones. Based on the Components, the market is categorized into Cameras, Navigation & Positioning Systems and Laser Scanners (LiDAR). On the basis of Technologies, the market can be segmented into Autonomous, Semi-Autonomous, and Remotely Operated. The Soil & Field Analysis, Crop Monitoring, Plantation, Livestock Management, and Crop Spraying are the Application based segments in the market. Geographically, the major countries in Europe are Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy.

Europe Agricultural Drones Market Competitive Landscape of Major Competitors

Some key players in the Europe Agricultural Drones market are AeroVironment, Inc., AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc., DJI, PrecisionHawk, DroneDeploy, Parrot Drone SAS, Delair-Tech, Pix4D, and Trimble, Inc.

Impact of Covid-19 on Europe Agricultural Drones Market

The Covid-19 pandemic adversely affected the supply side of agricultural drones market during the initial phase due to the restrictions on migrant worker mobility within Europe. Several governments across countries imposed preventative measures, such as border controls and closures, travel restrictions, lockdowns or temporary suspension of new immigration to halt the spread of the virus. In March 2020, the European government decided to close the European Union’s external and Schengen borders for a long period of time which disrupted traditional labor flows in critical industries that rely heavily on migrant labor, particularly agriculture.

During the later stages of the pandemic, the demand was high, but the disrupted supply chain, limited transportation, lower workforce capacity, and restricted trade/import & export had halted the manufacturing of agricultural drones, resulting in lower sales. The shortage of manual mode working because of unavailability of labors has increased the demand for automotive agricultural technologies, such as drones. After the unlock phase of COVID-19 restrictions across countries, the scenario created a competitive environment among the agricultural industries. As a result, the agricultural industries began providing more services than their previous records as they are now using both the methods i.e., their manual conventional methods, and the latest drone technologies. For instance, According to DJI, a Chinese manufacturer of drones, Spain was the first European country to use agricultural drones to severely limit the COVID-19 impact on agricultural production.

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Key Segments Covered in Europe Agricultural Drones Market:-

Europe Agricultural Drones Market By Type

Multi-Rotor Drones

Fixed-Wing Drones

Europe Agricultural Drones Market By Component


Navigation and Positioning Systems

Laser Scanners (LiDAR)

Europe Agricultural Drones Market By Technology:-



Remotely Operated

Europe Agricultural Drones Market By Type of Application:-

Soil and Field Analysis

Crop Monitoring


Livestock Management

Crop Spraying

Europe Agricultural Drones Market By Geography and Major Countries:-






Key Competitors in Europe Agricultural Drones Market:-

AeroVironment, Inc.

AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc.




Parrot Drone SAS



Trimble, Inc.


Time Period Captured in the Report:-

Historical Period: 2017-2021

Forecast Period: 2022-2027F

Key Target Audience:-

Agricultural Drones Manufacturers

Drones Manufacturers

Drone Components Manufacturers

Farm Equipment Manufacturers

Raw Material Suppliers for Agricultural Drones

Potential Investors in Agricultural Drones

Agricultural Drones Distributors

Agricultural Drones Technology and Service Providers

Agricultural Drones Advocacy Groups

Agriculture Financing and Insurance Companies

Environment Control and Emission Regulatory Organizations

Agricultural Research Organizations

Farming Research Institutes

Ministries of Farming and Agriculture

Aerospace Equipment Companies

Logistics Service Providers

Drone Manufacturer Associations

Contract Farming Solution Providers

Farm Management Solution Providers

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