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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret factors influencing agricultural enterprises and plan accordingly 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116214  Interpret factors influencing agricultural enterprises and plan accordingly 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Qualifying learners are capable of interpreting the factors influencing agricultural enterprises and enterprise selection and production, and of planning accordingly. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture, specifically crop production and animal production systems. This training will benefit the profession by equipping learners with adequate skills to have input into the interpretation of factors influencing enterprise selection, and to production planning to improve productivity and performance.

Learners will understand the importance of the application of business principles in agricultural production with specific reference to enterprise planning.

They will be able to operate farming practices as businesses and will gain the knowledge and skills to move from a subsistence orientation to an economic orientation in agriculture. Farmers will gain the knowledge and skills to access mainstream agriculture through a business-orientated approach to agriculture. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 2: Identify and recognise factors influencing agricultural enterprise selection. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret and categorise natural resources required for the selection of the relevant enterprise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Natural resources include but are not limited to soil, water, climate, vegetation, topography and other. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Soil sampling results and recommendations for selection of the enterprise are interpreted and categorised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Results and recommendation of water samples are interpreted and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Climatic weather forecasts required for the selection of the relevant enterprise are interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Topography data required for the selection of the relevant enterprise is interpreted and categorised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Vegetation types relevant to the selection process are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Categorise and maintain infrastructural requirements for the selection of the enterprise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Infrastructural requirements include but are not limited to fencing, housing, water supply, electricity, handling facilities, access and other. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role and function of infrastructure is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance requirements of the required infrastructure is defined and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant regulations and legislation regarding infrastructure is interpreted and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant infrastructure required by the relevant enterprise is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine stock required for the relevant enterprise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All livestock and crops required for the relevant enterprise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic production information within the enterprise regarding stock is interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Characteristics of specific livestock and crops for the relevant enterprise are described and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements of the livestock and crops for the relevant enterprise are determined and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The suitability of the livestock and crops according to available resources and maintenance required is determined. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Define and interpret production procedures within the relevant enterprise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All livestock and crops required for the relevant enterprise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Production cycle procedures and maintenance thereof are defined and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Production cycles according to observation reports are interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance of production records are interpreted and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Market information affecting production of the relevant enterprise are interpreted and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Determine and apply harvest procedures within relevant enterprises. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All livestock and crops required for the relevant enterprises. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures for successful harvesting are determined and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Harvest practices are recognised and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Good health and hygiene principles are determined and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant regulations and legislation regarding health and hygiene are sourced and applied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Compare and interpret post harvest procedures within relevant enterprises. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All livestock and crops required for the relevant enterprise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures for successful post harvesting are determined and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Post harvest practices are recognised and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Good health and hygiene principles are compared and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant regulations and legislation regarding health and hygiene are determined and applied. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Role and function of soil and water samples, weather information, vegetation, infrastructure, livestock and crop characteristics, production cycles, records, markets, health and hygiene within production procedures.
  • Description, characteristics and properties of vegetation, infrastructure, weather, production cycles, markets within production procedures.
  • Livestock and crop characteristics.
  • Regulations and legislation related to production procedures.
  • Relationship of outcomes within unit standards in relation to each other and within production procedures.
  • Purpose is to ensure that the learner is able to consider all factors when deciding on what enterprise to establish.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Communication and reporting skills.
  • Understand the procedures and principles that are followed to determine the viability of an enterprise. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-management: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49048   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49052   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    6. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    7. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    8. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    9. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    10. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    11. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    12. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    13. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    14. Mvelo Consultant 
    15. National Institute For The Deaf 
    16. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    17. Setlakala Business Development 
    18. Skills Fusion 
    19. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    20. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    21. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    22. Tripple R Training Provider 
    23. Vari Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.