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Total area equipped for irrigation

(thousand hectares)

China is the top country by total area equipped for irrigation in the world. As of 2016, total area equipped for irrigation in China was 73,003 thousand hectares that accounts for 21.83 % of the world's total area equipped for irrigation. The top 5 countries (others are India, the United States of America, Pakistan, and Iran) account for 59.78 % of it. The world's total total area equipped for irrigation was estimated at 334,417 thousand hectares in 2016.

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What is total area equipped for irrigation?

Area equipped to provide water (via irrigation) to the crops. It includes areas equipped for full and partial control irrigation, equipped lowland areas, pastures, and areas equipped for spate irrigation.