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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor and supervise a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116271  Monitor and supervise a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 monitor and supervise the implementation of food safety and quality, production, environmental and social practices, and awareness within the agricultural supply chain.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of food safety practices in primary agriculture.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. This unit standard will instil a culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations. 

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: Apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly
  • NQF 2 Operate and support a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    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 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of traceability in the agricultural supply chain. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Traceability includes but is not limited to being able to trace a pre-harvest problem back to the source or a post-harvest problem back to the farm. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Traceability within the area of responsibility is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of traceability is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of non-compliance is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform basic record keeping activities on the farm. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Record keeping includes but is not limited to document filing or retrieval manually or electronically of activities such as, pest management, fertiliser management, irrigation scheduling, training etc., which has an impact on the farming activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The filing of documents according to discipline or farming activity in accordance with GAP is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A quality management system is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for such a system within the agricultural enterprise is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The retrieval of records with respect to human resource issues, management, environment or agricultural operations are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Report non-conformances with respect to food safety, production, environmental, and social practices in the agricultural environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Reporting of non-conformances according to certain aspects includes but is not limited to verbally or in writing instructing about aspects, which do not fit within the confines of necessary regulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Understand by a "safe product" is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-conformance with respect to food safety, production, environmental, and social practices in terms of management systems is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reporting to management is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understanding basic health, social and environmental issues which relate to the agricultural environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Health, social and environmental issues include but are not limited to laws, rules and regulations that govern these aspects within the agricultural enterprise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legal and regulatory issues governing health, social and environmental issues within agricultural enterprises are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dissemination of information to workers is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding of how certain health issues (communicable diseases) are dealt with is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An understanding of how the environment is dealt with in terms of the agricultural enterprise is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The different records, which are needed to comply with the regulatory policies are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of internal audits in the agricultural environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Internal audits include but are not limited to implementing checks and balances that assist the GMP to ensure good agricultural practices in keeping with the workers and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Internal audits are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The execution of internal audits is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process of auditing to ensure that the proper use of agrochemicals, according to IPM principles, is implemented is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Record keeping that assists with the auditing process is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Operate food safety and quality principles as related to the agricultural supply chain. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Food safety and quality includes but is not limited to good agricultural practices (GAP), good manufacturing practices (GMP), good health practices (GHP), good social practices (GSP) and good environmental practices (GEP), whichever is applicable in the work environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different food safety principles with reference to pre-harvest activities are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of how food quality is managed in the pre-harvest phase to ensure a product produced according to GAP is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Record keeping associated with both aspects of the agrochemical operation is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of the record keeping is explained. 


    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 regulatory and legal aspects with reference to the specific agricultural enterprise.
  • A basic understanding of food-borne illnesses.
  • A basic knowledge of the impact of food safety and quality in trade.
  • A thorough understanding of contamination risks and preventative measures.
  • A basic understanding of risk factors related to food safety.
  • Be familiar with the principles of food safety and quality.
  • Basic principles of environmental and conservation management.
  • Basic principles of waste and pollution management.
  • Basic principles of natural resource management.
  • Relevant legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • A basic understanding of procedures of internal audits. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to specific outcomes:
  • Perform basic record keeping activities on the farm.
  • Report non-conformances with respect to food safety, production, environmental, and social practices in the agricultural environment.
  • Understanding basic health, social and environmental issues which relate to the agricultural environment.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of internal audits in the agricultural environment.
  • Operate food safety and quality principles as related to the agricultural supply chain. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and 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 
    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 
    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. Bathopele HR and Management Consultants 
    3. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    6. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    7. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    8. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    9. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    10. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    11. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    12. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    13. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    14. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    15. Mvelo Consultant 
    16. National Institute For The Deaf 
    17. SA Agri Academy 
    18. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    19. Setlakala Business Development 
    20. Shem Consulting and Training 
    21. Skills Fusion 
    22. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    23. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    24. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    25. Tripple R Training Provider 
    26. 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.