Survey - Planning/ Conducted
• Initial list comprised of 90 service providers was shared
• Intent was to have a representative sample ~ 40 from different
districts to get a flavour of the work done
• 14 SPs were surveyed in 2 days, July 29-30, 2012.
(Patna, Begusarai, Samastipur)
• 25 done by Anurag in the month of August, 2012.
(Jamui, Lakhisarai, Nawada)
• Service Providers own different portfolio of machines. It is difficult to study all such
machines having different dynamics.
• All ZTs are purchased by Service Providers with subsidy, and not taken on rent.
• Preliminary results show service providers are middle-aged and older.
• Experience is not very deep in years of business ~ 2 yr (modal) (0-20 yrs).
• On a modal basis SPs cover ~ 4 villages (1-100), ~25 acres (10 – 247 acres).
• ZT Charges Rs. 400 – 500/ acre. Persons employed/ ZT = 3 for 10-60 days per yr.
• Bragging rights come with the territory.
• Data is not documented, so difficult to validate it.
• Interested to increase client base and to diversify.
• Generally learn hands on the machine.
• Majority purchased ZT from Krishi Melas, Dashmesh enjoys wide brand recognition.
• Require a variety of support from machinery dealers.
Initial Observations: Training
• Generally underserved (0 - 1 training) of 1-2 day duration,
feel a requirement of additional regular training support.
• Training providers: (on farm – highly valued) CSISA,
CIMMYT, Beej Nigam, Equipment dealers.
• Need help in calibration of seed/ fertilisers, maintenance,
technical issues, potential problems, training on how to talk,
non technical issues, more demonstration.
• Demand generation is an issue (engagement, demand
aggregation, marketing etc.) and in some cases late fee
• Focus of study on one machine (ZT) for study and
one operation (ZTW)
• New list of 588 (?) Service Providers are better
documented and have been aided in documenting
their farmers. SPs and their farmers need to be
• Component wise quick study of skill sets – technical,
marketing, community engagement, fee collection
• Focus on 1-2 seasons