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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the primary agricultural industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12615  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the primary agricultural industry 
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 
Persons credited with this Unit Standard will be able to describe:
  • the major commodities farmed with in SA
  • the structures of organised agriculture
  • marketing of agricultural products
  • government`s involvement in agriculture 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    No prior learning is assumed to be in place 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the major commodities farmed with in South Africa and their market. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Major commodities identified that are farmed with in South Africa and a brief outline given of farming methods 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Horticulture: Fruit, vegetables, wine, tea, coffee, tobacco

    Animal husbandry: Sheep, cattle, goats, game, chickens, ostriches pigs and aquaculture

    Agronomy: Grain, sugar, cotton, groundnuts
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Marketing of agricultural products described 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Give a brief overview of the role played by the Agricultural Industry in the economy of SA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Agricultural industry as a provider of raw materials described 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Secondary industries depending on primary agriculture for raw materials: e.g.for food processing, clothing, housing
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Agriculture as a provider directly and indirectly of work 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Primary agriculture and secondary agriculture, tourism
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Agriculture as a user of resources 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Food, machinery and transport, chemicals, housing, electricity
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Agricultural Industry as a earner of foreign currency 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Export of primary and secondary agricultural products
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Give a brief overview of the major government and non-government organisations that plays a role. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Government Departments involved in the Agricultural Industry 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs, Deparment of Water Affairs, Department of Forestry
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Role described of Organised Agriculture in agriculture 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Farming representative organisations: National, provincial, commodity and local farming organisations
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Benefits derived by members belonging to organised farming organisations 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Research, extension, marketing, communication
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Management of organised agricultural organisations 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Learner to be familiar with organisations in commodity he/she is involved in
     


    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 development assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which 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 be 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 and written evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.
    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, then 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, 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.

    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 
    1. Reasons for farming with a specific commodity in a specific area.
    2. Benefits to be gained by farmers belonging to farming organisations.
    3. The role of government in Agriculture.
    4 Benefits of farming to the community
    5. The role research and extension plays in farming. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner will be able to identify and solve problems during the process 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse and critically evaluate information 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner will communicate effectively when reporting on work matters 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner will use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA 

    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  20288   National Certificate: Farming  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49556   National Certificate: Development Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    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. Goldfields FET College 
    2. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    3. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    4. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    5. Setlakala Business Development 
    6. Shukela Training Centre 
    7. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    8. Women and Agricultural Training 



    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.