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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor and co-ordinate the harvesting of agricultural products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116268  Monitor and co-ordinate the harvesting of agricultural products 
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 
A learner achieving this unit standard will be able to supervise the harvesting of crops according to the necessary procedures making use of harvesting tools as described in the harvest plan.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in harvesting procedures and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in plant production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 2: Harvest Agricultural crops: Procedures.
  • NQF 3: Explain the planning and scheduling of tasks in a production environment.
  • NQF 2: Utilise and perform minor repairs and maintenance tasks on implements, equipment and infrastructure.
  • NQF 3 Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physiological functioning of the anatomical structures of the plant. 

  • 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 
    Select harvesting equipment and tools for specific agricultural enterprise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Harvesting methods according to specific production context include, but are not limited to harvesting by hand, machine harvesting, etc. Tools or equipment include but are not limited to picking shears, knives, mechanical harvesters, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type of tools needed to harvest the crops planted in the specific agricultural enterprise is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools, according to specific production context include, but are not limited to hands, trays, crates, picking bags, shears, ladders, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use and coordination of harvesting equipment during the harvesting process is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process that is implemented to enable workers to report any malfunction of the harvesting equipment is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A problem solving strategy is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of sampling for maturity indexing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Maturity indexing may include, but is not limited to stage of growth of crop, sugar levels, size, colour, texture, ratios of one chemical versus another, level of ethylene production, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The maturity-indexing plan that is implemented for the specific agricultural enterprise is described and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The collection of samples and responsibility of collection is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The recording of maturity indexing information is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the harvesting of crops according to harvesting plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Procedures include, but are not limited to quality specifications, maturity specifications, weather data, withholding periods, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different factors that can influence the harvesting of the crop are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The harvesting process of the crop and how a harvesting plan is implemented are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of a harvesting plan with relation to the other operations of the enterprise is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Management of the harvesting process to ensure a quality product reaches the shelf or processing plant is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Special requirements for harvesting are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement a health, hygiene and safety plan during harvesting. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Health, hygiene and safety plan includes but is not limited to ensuring that one worker has basic first aid skills per group harvesting, that a first aid kit is available and that the workers know where it is, that toilet and hand-washing facilities are within walking distance from the area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The main components of the organisations health, hygiene and safety plan are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship of the health, hygiene and safety plan to the OHSA, and other requirements such as EUREPGAP, BRC, HACCP are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding of how health, hygiene and safety of both the harvested crop and the person harvesting are ensured is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process followed in case of an emergency is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Implement the waste collection and disposal plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Waste includes but is not limited to bio-degradable materials (include parts of plants, fruit, flowers, etc.) and non bio-degradable materials (plastics, glass, metals, etc.) A waste collection and disposal plan could include but is not limited to evaluating what can be recycled, how and where and what must be dumped, where and how. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of how waste from the harvesting process is identified and classified is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of how colleagues are encouraged to keep the harvest area clean of waste and why this is important is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Implementation of a waste disposal plan is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Monitoring, evaluation and control of the waste disposal plan is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The need for keeping records of waste and disposal and how this assists the disposal plan is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Manage the care and maintenance of harvesting equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Care and maintenance includes but is not limited to cleaning, sanitizing, doing basic maintenance and repairs etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic plan that implemented for caring and maintenance of harvesting equipment is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The strategy of how the workers are encouraged to care, maintain and store equipment correctly is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Routine maintenance is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An understanding of the process implemented to report major problems with equipment is demonstrated. 


    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:
  • Principles of harvesting a crop is understood.
  • Names and functions of tools and materials.
  • Safe handling procedures of tools and materials.
  • Various harvesting methods are understood.
  • Plant physiology and anatomy.
  • Importance of harvesting area being clean from waste material.
  • Basic knowledge of occupational health and safety appropriate to level. 

  • 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: All specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self Management: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information interpretation: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of Systems: 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 
    This person should be able to function in a management position and should have the ability to make sound decisions regarding the operation as well as guide subordinates in the process of harvesting and related issues. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    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. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    3. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    4. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    5. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    6. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    7. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    8. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    9. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    10. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    11. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    12. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    13. Mvelo Consultant 
    14. National Institute For The Deaf 
    15. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    16. Setlakala Business Development 
    17. Skills Fusion 
    18. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    19. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    20. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    21. Tripple R Training Provider 
    22. 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.