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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop a propagation plan for any agricultural production system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116427  Develop a propagation plan for any agricultural production system 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 
The learner achieving this standard will be able to develop a propagation plan for various propagation systems.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in plant propagation 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 4: Propagate plants in a variety of situations.
  • NQF 5: Describe biological processes in plant physiology.
  • NQF 4: Plan and maintain environmentally sound agricultural processes.
  • NQF 4: Input procurement and management.
  • NQF 3: Apply routine maintenance and servicing plans and procedures. 

  • 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 
    Identify the appropriate propagation environment for specific categories of crops. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The propagation environment includes, but is not limited to open field and protective structures. Categories of crops include, but are not limited to, woody plants, seeds, succulent, herbaceous plants and vegetative plant material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A plan for the evaluation of the different propagation environments is illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different environmental requirements for the propagation of different plant material are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different methods of propagation for the different categories of crops are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The different processes followed to ensure sustainability of the propagation environments for specific categories of crops are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Do basic tissue culture. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tissue culture includes but is not limited to taking parts of different plant tissue and manipulating it with different growth media to produce plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    What tissue culture is and how it can be used are defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic techniques used in tissue culture are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The precautions and specific hygiene requirements with tissue culture are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The uses of tissue culture in the propagation of specific plant material for agricultural production systems are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The processes after a plant has been cultured are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a plan for different propagation processes within the agricultural systems appropriate to specific enterprises. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Planning includes but is not limited to the organising of different equipment, propagation material, growing media, propagation environment etc. Agricultural systems include but are not limited to cash crop production, tree production, agro-forestry products, aquatic plant production, flowers etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The components required for the development of a plan for different propagation systems are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plan for the process is illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The flow of the different processes to assist with successfully implementing the plan is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The checkpoints that will be implemented to assist with troubleshooting for the elimination of routine problems are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify reasons for failure of propagated material / Identify problems that may be encountered with the propagated plant material. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Failure to propagate could include but are not limited to, failure to germinate, failure to root, tissue cultures dying etc. Propagation problems may include but are not limited to problems with, or in the protected or unprotected production environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors needed for successful plant propagation as per production system are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The failure of certain plant materials to propagate is described and corrective measures are successfully implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The problems that can be encountered within protected environments, which could lead to propagation failures are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Describe The factors with unprotected propagation environments, which could lead to the failure of propagation are described. 


    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:
  • Use of equipment.
  • Plant propagation techniques, environments (protected and unprotected) and equipment.
  • Basic tissue culture techniques and its uses.
  • Basic understanding of pest and disease control.
  • Health and safety regulations. 

  • 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 outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to all outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: Relates to all 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 
    Computer skills should be encouraged. Learner should also be encouraged to acquire some skills in the proper use and storage of laboratory equipment. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49010   National Diploma: Plant Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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.
     
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