During 2021, total of 92 574 thous.m3 of water were abstracted for irrigation, being by 33.9% more than in the previous year. Water was mostly pumped from water currents (84.3%), while the rest of quantities were abstracted from the groundwater, lakes and reservoirs and from public water supply network.
Sprinkling was the most used type of irrigation. Of the total irrigated surface, 91.8% were irrigated by sprinkling, 8.0% by drop-by-drop and only 0.2% by surface irrigation.
During 2021, in the Republic of Serbia, 52 236 ha of agricultural land were irrigated, 0.4% less than in the previous year. Of the total irrigated area, arable land and gardens accounted for 94% of the irrigated area, followed by orchards (share of 5%) and other agricultural land (share of 1%).
The survey on irrigation includes business entities and agricultural cooperatives that are engaged in agricultural production and services in agriculture and/ or manage irrigation systems.