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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of agricultural production systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12618  Demonstrate a basic understanding of agricultural production systems 
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 
The learner that have completed this Unit Standard will be able to give a general basic description of the requirements to establish, maintain harvest and market the agricultural crop he/she is associated with. 

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 
Establish production system and product of choice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Learner to differentiate with examples between:
extensive farming
intensive farming
dryland farming
irrigation farming
hydroponics
feedlot farming
battery poultry farming 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Learner to give a broad outline the principles involved in establishing a crop in the commodity he/she is associated with 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Intensive and extensive farming
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Maintain production system and product of choice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Learner to identify the basic needs of a crop 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Protection, water, food, fresh air, heat light/sunshine
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Learner to explain how to identify needs of the crop he/she is associated with 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Protection, water, food, fresh air, heat light/sunshine
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Harvest production system and product of choice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Learner to identify readiness of crop for harvesting 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Learner to explain harvesting process 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Learner to explain care to be taken during harvesting process not to damage crop 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Market production system of choice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Learner to explain where to market crop. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Commodity established markets, municipal markets, hawkers, shops
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Learner to explain preparing the crop for marketing 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Market requirements
 


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.

1 Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
2. 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.
3 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. Different types of farming practised in South Africa.
2. Production system in crop learner is associated with
3. Factors influencing the marketability of an agricultural product. 

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. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
2. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
3. SA Entrepreneurship Skills Development And Training (Pty) Ltd 
4. Setlakala Business Development 
5. Siyasanga Training Centre 



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.