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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate basic knowledge of the seed industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114658  Demonstrate basic knowledge of the seed industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary 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 who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:
  • Understanding the complexities and unique nature of the various processes within the seed industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
  • Literacy, numeracy and communication at NQF level 1.
  • Introduction to the work place within the seed industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and statutory requirements.
  • Seed includes, but is not limited to that seed for confectionery and reproductive purposes.
  • Legislation includes, but is not limited to Plant Improvement Act, Plant Breeder's Rights, Seed Certification Scheme, Variety List and Journal, ISTA rules, Occupational Health and Safety.
  • SANSOR is the South African Seed Organisation. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an ubderstanding of the role and importance of seed. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Explaining the role of seed in the food chain.
  • Explaining the broad plant families and crop species within the relevant organisation.
  • Understanding the application of different seeds.
  • Explaining the concept of generations of seed. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes.

    In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Consequences of not identifying and reporting unsafe working practices and potentially dangerous situations in the work are explained.
  • Purposes of maintaining sound customer relations and service excellence are recalled and explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and handling hazardous substances in the work place are explained.Consequences of not adhering to company norms, values and ethics are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the coplexities of living seed. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Understanding seed as a living organism.
  • Understanding the physiology and morphology of seed. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes.

    In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Consequences of not identifying and reporting unsafe working practices and potentially dangerous situations in the work are explained.
  • Purposes of maintaining sound customer relations and service excellence are recalled and explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and handling hazardous substances in the work place are explained.Consequences of not adhering to company norms, values and ethics are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an uderstanding of the quality components of seed. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Understanding the principles and importance of germination with regards to plant growth.
  • Explaining the concept of physical and genetic purity of seed. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes.

    In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Consequences of not identifying and reporting unsafe working practices and potentially dangerous situations in the work are explained.
  • Purposes of maintaining sound customer relations and service excellence are recalled and explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and handling hazardous substances in the work place are explained.Consequences of not adhering to company norms, values and ethics are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles applied to seed storage. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Explaining the principles and methods of storage.
  • Recalling the need for and methods of pest control during storage of seed. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes.

    In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Consequences of not identifying and reporting unsafe working practices and potentially dangerous situations in the work are explained.
  • Purposes of maintaining sound customer relations and service excellence are recalled and explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and handling hazardous substances in the work place are explained.Consequences of not adhering to company norms, values and ethics are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstate a basic awareness of legislation applicable to seed industry. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Explaining the relevance of legislation applied to the processes of the seed industry.
  • Explaining the role of SANSOR as a secretariat of the seed trade.
  • Understanding the objectives and process of the seed certification scheme. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes.

    In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Consequences of not identifying and reporting unsafe working practices and potentially dangerous situations in the work are explained.
  • Purposes of maintaining sound customer relations and service excellence are recalled and explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and handling hazardous substances in the work place are explained.Consequences of not adhering to company norms, values and ethics are explained. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.

    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.

    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Basic knowledge of processes within the seed industry.

    Basic knowledge on the principles of business ethics, lines of authority and channels of communication.

    Basic understanding of occupational health and safety principles. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the process of acquiring knowledge on the seed industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one self by systematically studying and working through relevant learning material. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the recalling and explanation of information required. 

    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 
    Values
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker/management and industrial relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48650   National Certificate: Seed Research and Development Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Mpontshe Training 



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