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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Harvest agricultural crops 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116201  Harvest agricultural crops 
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 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 harvest crops as advised making use of basic harvesting tools.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in harvesting techniques 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: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of a plant in relation to its environment.
  • NQF 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concept of sustainable farming systems. 

  • 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 appropriate tools / equipment for pre-determined harvesting method. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Harvesting methods according to specific production context include, but are not limited to harvesting by hand, machine harvesting, and the use of certain equipment as advised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    What tools to use for which harvesting process as advised are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools, according to specific production context include, but are not limited to hands, trays, crates, picking bags, shears, ladders, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The safe use of the harvesting tools as advised is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basic safety precautions to be adhered to while handling the harvesting tools are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    How the tools are cleaned and safely stored are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Carry out sampling for maturity indexing according to pre-determined requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Sampling may include, but is not limited to sampling by hand, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    How to harvest the sample as advised is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How the sample would be handled for testing is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basic processing of the sample is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Why it is important to sample correctly is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Harvest crops following specific prescribed procedures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Prescribed procedures include, but are not limited to quality specifications, maturity specifications, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    How the crops will be harvested for the specific enterprise as advised, is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How harvested crops will be handled before being transported to the processing or packing plant is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Illustrate How to harvest the crop as advised, is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The following of certain harvesting procedures are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Adhere to personal health, hygiene and safety during harvesting. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Personal health, hygiene and safety include but are not limited to covering minor cuts and wounds, washing hands, covering hair and the removal of jewellery etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of safety clothes or equipment used during harvesting are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Why it is necessary to follow certain basic hygiene procedures during harvesting are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of revealing minor accidents that result in cuts or minor wounds to management and have it taken care of is discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Dispose of waste. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Waste includes, but is not limited to any bio-degradable or non bio-degradable materials that are not accepted as the primary product. Bio-degradable materials include parts of plants, fruit, flowers, etc. Non bio-degradable materials include, but are not limited to plastics, glass, metals, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    How waste is categorized is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of disposing of waste as prescribed is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Demonstrate and describe How waste is collected as prescribed is demonstrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    How waste is loaded and/or deposited according to procedures is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Care for and maintain equipment used during harvesting under close supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Care and maintaining of equipment include but are not limited to the oiling, sharpening, cleaning, sterilizing and storage of equipment as prescribed. Equipment include, but are not limited to hand tools, power tools, machinery, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Why it is important that equipment is cleaned, sterilized and stored as prescribed is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How you would clean and maintain the equipment used in the specific enterprise is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    How you would store the equipment is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure followed should you find defaults in the equipment is 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:
  • Principles of harvesting a crop are understood.
  • Names and functions of tools and materials.
  • Sight, smell and touch are developed in this process.
  • Safe handling procedures of tools and materials.
  • Purpose of the various harvesting methods is understood.
  • Plant physiology and anatomy.
  • Importance of harvesting area being clean from waste material.
  • Basic knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Use of sensory cues to show harvest readiness. 

  • 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:
  • Carry out sampling for maturity indexing according to pre-determined requirements.
  • Harvest crops following specific prescribed procedures.
  • Adhere to health, hygiene and safety during harvesting.
  • Dispose of waste.
  • Care and maintain equipment used. 

  • 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 all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Bheliwe Contracting Services cc 
    3. Biofuels Business Incubators NPC 
    4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    6. Centurion Akademie (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Deloitte 
    8. Dew Crisp (PTY) Ltd 
    9. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    10. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    11. Escay Catering and other Services 
    12. Eternal Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Farm for Africa Training and Development 
    14. Fort Cox Agricultural College 
    15. GA Community Care Consultants 
    16. Goldfields FET College 
    17. Heedmorine Training 
    18. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    19. Interstate Clearing 092 (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    21. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    22. Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre 
    23. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    24. Lovedale Public TVET College 
    25. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    26. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    27. Matlharini Multi Centre Skills 
    28. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    29. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    30. Mocwiri Training & Consultant 
    31. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    32. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    33. Mpontshe Training 
    34. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    35. Mvelo Consultant 
    36. National Institute For The Deaf 
    37. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    38. Nkalebetja Agricultural Projects and Management 
    39. Nophelo Training Centre 
    40. Novi General Services 
    41. P N K Management Services 
    42. Peritum Agri Institute 
    43. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    44. Remoshomong Trading Enterprise 
    45. Retsogile Education and Training 
    46. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    47. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    48. Setlakala Business Development 
    49. Sioma Training and Enterprise Developement 
    50. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    51. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    52. Skills Fusion 
    53. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    54. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    55. Tinotsile Training and Development 
    56. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    57. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    58. Tripple R Training Provider 
    59. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    60. Umfolozi FET College 
    61. Valambya Training and Business College (Pty) Ltd 
    62. Vari Consulting 
    63. Voyano Project Management 



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