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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control pests, diseases and weeds on all crops effectively and responsibly 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116124  Control pests, diseases and weeds on all crops effectively and responsibly 
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 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 recognize common insects, disease symptoms and weeds and apply basic control measures as per agricultural enterprise.

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 pets control 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 instill 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 the learner should show competence in basic literacy and numeracy as well as competence in unit standard "Recognise pests and diseases and weeds on crops" NQF 1 or equivalent. 

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 
Recognize and report on common insects associated with the specific agricultural enterprise. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Common insects include but are not limited to the insects (pests and predators) generally associated with the specific crop. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Common insects and whether it is pest or predator (beneficial) is identified and described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The types of damage the insects will cause are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The effect of the predator (beneficial) is discussed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Possible control measures or the control measure as advised is described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Recognize common symptoms of diseases. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Common symptoms of disease could include but are not limited to disease markings, wilting, discoloration of plant material, gum formation, dieback of branches, stems or plants etc. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The symptoms of the most common diseases associated with the agricultural enterprises are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The possible effects the disease could have on the product are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The most common control methods that could be applied to the disease are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The way in which the disease could be prevented is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Identify by common name the types of weeds present in the field. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Weeds include but are not limited to those plants growing whichi is not part of the production enterprise. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Definintion of a weed is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The most common weeds found in the agricultural enterprise are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The different methods of controlling weeds are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Old and new damage is observed and distinguished between and reported on. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The implications of the presence of new damage are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The circumstances under which new damage can be expected are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Notice and assist with monitoring of pests (scouting) and explaining if pest levels have not decreased after spraying or other control measures were applied. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Pest levels that cause economic loss are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Whether pest levels have decreased to an acceptable level are observed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Findings are recorded. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Hygiene measures are applied (personal, equipment, and environment.) 


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:
  • Insect anatomy.
  • Categories and types of pests.
  • Pest levels that cause economic loss.
  • Common plant diseases.
  • Common pests.
  • Common predators.
  • Common beneficial insects.
  • Common diseases.
  • Life cycle of an insect.
  • Natural enemies.
  • Ways of spreading.
  • Contamination.
  • Implication of contamination on the quality and marketability of the product.
  • Importance of hygiene.
  • Scouting procedures. 

  • 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 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 all specific outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related 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 
    Other information regarding these subjects is contained in the unit standards dealing with animal anatomy and physiology. 

    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 
    Elective  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. AVCASA 
    2. Barrier Free General Trading CC 
    3. Calvin Projects Managements PTY LTD 
    4. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    5. ENB Training Service 
    6. Goldfields FET College 
    7. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    8. Knowledge For Ever 
    9. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    10. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    11. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    12. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    13. Megro Learning 
    14. Moitsweng Trading 
    15. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    16. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    17. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    18. Mvelo Consultant 
    19. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    20. Nophelo Training Centre 
    21. Novi General Services 
    22. Peritum Agri Institute 
    23. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    24. SA Entrepreneurship Skills Development And Training (Pty) Ltd 
    25. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    26. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    27. Skills for All (POTCHEFSTROOM) (TP) 
    28. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    29. Take Note Trading 227 cc 
    30. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    31. Tau Fresh Products (Pty) 
    32. Toeprint Events 
    33. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    34. TSZ Training Centre 
    35. Women and Agricultural Training 
    36. Zintle's Rural Development Cc 



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