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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plant the crop under supervision 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116200  Plant the crop under supervision 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 by placing and spacing the planting material correctly. This is an entry-level Unit Standard that forms prior learning for learning in the areas of plant manipulation and plant propagation.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in plant establishment 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 1: Select, use and care for hand tools and basic equipment and infrastructure.
  • NQF 1: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of a plant in relation to its environment. 

  • 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 
    Use and care for the tools and equipment in the planting of a specific crop. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Planting methods include, but are not limited to planting by hand, planting with use of machines, etc. Tools include, but are not limited to spades, forks, and planting line. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools are used correctly in order to plant a specific crop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is used correctly in order to space plants according to the requirements of a specific species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools are cleaned and returned to storage in good order. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Handle planting material correctly for the successful establishment of a specific crop. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Planting material may include, but is not restricted to, long term crops and cash crops. The handling of plants includes, but 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 
    Planting areas are prepared to suit the selected planting material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plant material that is on hand for planting is kept moist and sheltered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Newly planted material is provided with sufficient water shortly after planting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Newly planted material that will not survive is removed and replaced with new material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Diseased plants are removed from the planting area to prevent contact with healthy plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Basic hygiene standards are maintained, such as cleaning tools to prevent cross-contamination. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the basic effects of the environment on specific crops. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Environmental effects include, but are not limited to temperature, wind, humidity, rain, soil, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic effect of temperature and humidity on seedlings is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plants suffering from root shock are identified and the cause explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The best time of the day for transplanting is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The effect of heat on transplanted seedlings is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Plant planting stock at correct spacing between rows, between 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 
    Seedlings are planted correctly, as per prescribed methods, under close supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Seedlings are placed in holes that are the correct depth for specific species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Seedlings are planted at the correct distance from each other, as per instructions. 


    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 al 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 tools and materials.
  • The principles of planting a crop correctly.
  • The use of sight and touch to achieve the planting of plants.
  • Safe handling procedures of tools and material.
  • Maintaining hygienic procedures of tools and material as to prevent spreading of diseases.
  • Various establishment principles to optimise production (appropriate to level).
  • Plant physiology and anatomy (appropriate to level).
  • Various procedures applicable when planting e.g. preparation of plants for planting, etc.
  • The importance of plant roots not drying out and irrigating after planting.
  • The reason for specific planting depth.
  • Compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

  • 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:
  • Handle planting material correctly for the successful establishment of a specific crop.
  • Describe the basic effects of the environment on specific crops.
  • Plant planting stock at correct spacing between rows, between individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork relates to specific outcomes:
  • Handle planting material correctly for the successful establishment of a specific crop.
  • Describe the basic effects of the environment on specific crops.
  • Plant planting stock at correct spacing between rows, between individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information relates to specific outcomes:
  • Handle planting material correctly for the successful establishment of a specific crop.
  • Describe the basic effects of the environment on specific crops.
  • Plant planting stock at correct spacing between rows, between individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to specific outcomes:
  • Handle planting material correctly for the successful establishment of a specific crop.
  • Describe the basic effects of the environment on specific crops.
  • Plant planting stock at correct spacing between rows, between individual plants, and at the correct depth for specific plant species. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness: 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  48971   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48972   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. Africa Land - Use Training 
    2. Agri Learn 
    3. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    4. Biofuels Business Incubators NPC 
    5. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    6. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    7. Centurion Akademie (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Deloitte 
    9. Dew Crisp (PTY) Ltd 
    10. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    11. Dumela Poultry Solutions 
    12. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    13. Escay Catering and other Services 
    14. Farm for Africa Training and Development 
    15. Fort Cox Agricultural College 
    16. GA Community Care Consultants 
    17. Goldfields FET College 
    18. Heedmorine Training 
    19. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    20. Interactive Trading 747 ( PTY) LTD 
    21. Interstate Clearing 092 (Pty) Ltd 
    22. Intsukaze Training Center 
    23. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    24. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    25. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    26. Lovedale Public TVET College 
    27. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    28. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    29. Matlharini Multi Centre Skills 
    30. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    31. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    32. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    33. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    34. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    35. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    36. Mpontshe Training 
    37. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    38. Mvelo Consultant 
    39. National Institute For The Deaf 
    40. Nkalebetja Agricultural Projects and Management 
    41. Nophelo Training Centre 
    42. Novi General Services 
    43. P N K Management Services 
    44. Peritum Agri Institute 
    45. Phophi Na Tshikaho Trading Enterprise 
    46. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    47. Retsogile Education and Training 
    48. SA Entrepreneurship Skills Development And Training (Pty) Ltd 
    49. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    51. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    52. Setlakala Business Development 
    53. Sioma Training and Enterprise Developement 
    54. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    55. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    56. Skills Fusion 
    57. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    58. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    59. Tinotsile Training and Development 
    60. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    61. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    62. Tripple R Training Provider 
    63. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    64. TSZ Training Centre 
    65. Umfolozi FET College 
    66. Umthombolwazi Consultants Cc 
    67. Vari Consulting 
    68. Voyano Project Management 



    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.