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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor the establishment of a crop 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116079  Monitor the establishment of a crop 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
A learner achieving this unit standard will be able to plant a range of crops and monitor the correct establishment of crops as well as ensuring that planting is placed and spaced as required. This Unit Standard forms part of the prior learning required in the areas of plant manipulation and plant propagation.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in establishing the crop 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 demonstrate competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concept of sustainable farming systems.
  • NQF 1: Propagate plants.
  • NQF 1: Fertilise soil and attend to basic plant nutrition. 

  • 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 
    Select, use and care for the appropriate tools and equipment used in the planting of a specific crop. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tools may include but is not limited to spades and forks. Equipment may include, but is not limited to planting lines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct tools and equipment to plant a specific crop according to prescribed methods are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reason for selecting specific equipment is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are used correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and equipment are cleaned and returned to storage in good order. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor the handling of planting material for successful establishment according to required procedures for a specific crop. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Planting material may include, but is not restricted to, long term crops and cash crops. The handling of plants include, but are not limited to, the safe storage of plants before planting, the prevention of damage to plant material, ensuring that the planting material has sufficient moisture, and that sanitary precautions are adhered to. Planting methods include, but are not restricted to planting by hand and planting with use of hand-held tools. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Healthy plants suitable for optimal growth are identified and selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The preparation of planting areas is monitored to suit the requirements of the selected planting material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The planting at the correct time of day to ensure optimal growth of plants is monitored (e.g. not during the hottest time of the day). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The safekeeping of plant material that is on hand for planting (i.e. keeping them moist and sheltered) is monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The watering of newly planted material is monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The replacement of weak, diseased and dying plants among the newly planted material is monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Basic hygiene standards are monitored to prevent cross-contamination. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand the impact of environmental conditions on the successful establishment of crops. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Environmental effects include, but are not restricted to temperature, wind, humidity, rain, soil, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effects of temperature and humidity on seedlings are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of root shock are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Favourable soil conditions for transplanting seedlings are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of heavy rain showers on seedlings is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor the planting of plant material at correct spacing between rows, and individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Spacing, depth and distance include, but are not limited to the distance indicated on plant line, measurements as prescribed, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct spacing requirement of a specific crop is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The optimal depth required for planting a specific crop is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plants are planted at the correct spacing between rows and between individual plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plants are planted at the correct depth. 


    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:
  • Names and functions of machinery for the planting process.
  • Attributes and characteristics of the planting process.
  • The purpose of monitoring the planting process.
  • The safety procedures related to working with hand-held tools.
  • Plant hygiene principles during planting.
  • Ensuring that the correct procedures are followed during planting.
  • Plant requirements during planting. 

  • 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:
  • Monitor the handling of planting material for successful establishment according to required procedures for a specific crop.
  • Understand the impact of environmental conditions on the successful establishment of crops.
  • Monitor the planting of plant material at correct spacing between rows, and individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • 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 
    Interpreting Information: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Monitor the handling of planting material for successful establishment according to required procedures for a specific crop.
  • Monitor the planting of plant material at correct spacing between rows, and individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Monitor the handling of planting material for successful establishment according to required procedures for a specific crop.
  • Understand the impact of environmental conditions on the successful establishment of crops.
  • Monitor the planting of plant material at correct spacing between rows, and individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: relates to specific outcome:
  • Monitor the planting of plant material at correct spacing between rows, and individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • 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  48977   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
    1. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    3. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    4. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    5. Escay Catering and other Services 
    6. Goldfields FET College 
    7. Heedmorine Training 
    8. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    9. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    10. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    11. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    12. Knowledge For Ever 
    13. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    14. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    15. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    16. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    17. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    18. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    19. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    20. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    21. Mpontshe Training 
    22. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    23. Mvelo Consultant 
    24. National Institute For The Deaf 
    25. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    26. Nophelo Training Centre 
    27. Novi General Services 
    28. Nyakhele Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Peritum Agri Institute 
    30. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    31. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    32. Setlakala Business Development 
    33. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    34. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    35. Skills Fusion 
    36. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    37. Take Note Trading 227 cc 
    38. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    39. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    40. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    41. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    42. Tripple R Training Provider 
    43. Vari Consulting 



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