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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plant seed trials 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114710  Plant seed trials 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 3  NQF Level 03 
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:
  • The effective establishment of a seed unit to ensure successful production of seed. 

  • 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:
  • Understanding of the basic agronomic principles.
  • Basic knowledge of breeding- and seed production principles at NQF level 2.
  • Understanding of relevant statutory safety requirements in the work place at NQF level 4.
  • Literacy, numeracy and communication at NQF level 3.
  • Introduction to seed industry and relevant workplace. 

  • 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.
  • Production plan includes but is not limited to timing, parent ratios and plant populations.
  • Constraints include but are not limited to holidays, week-ends, expected weather conditions.
  • Variations include but are not limited to incorrect plant population, parent ratios and incorrect seed
  • Other inputs include but are not limited to fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides and irririgation. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Act 36 of 1947 as amended and other relevant statutory health and safety requirements and work site procedures. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan for establishment of seed units. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Acquiring the production plan according to work site procedures.
  • Acquiring the relevant parent seed according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Planning, with growers, the appropriate planting programme, considering constraints.
  • Issuing planting instructions and plan according to work site and quality procedures. 

  • 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 using the appropriate guidelines as in the production plan according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using an appropriate planting plan are explained.
  • Consequences of inappropriate preparation of the planting area are understood.
  • Consequences of not using appropriate equipment for the establishment of plants are explained.
  • Consequences of using the incorrect parent seed are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to planting instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the excess parent seed correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Arrange seed bed preparation for planting. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Issuing appropriate guidelines for the preparation of the planting area according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Advising on appropriate equipment and other inputs to be used for successful establishment.
  • Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

  • 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 using the appropriate guidelines as in the production plan according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using an appropriate planting plan are explained.
  • Consequences of inappropriate preparation of the planting area are understood.
  • Consequences of not using appropriate equipment for the establishment of plants are explained.
  • Consequences of using the incorrect parent seed are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to planting instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the excess parent seed correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor planting equipment and seed sources. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Monitoring that appropriate equipment for establishing plants is used according to work site and quality procedures.
  • Monitoring that the seed used is according to planting instructions.
  • Monitoring that planting instructions and plans are followed according to work site procedures.
  • Informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures. 

  • 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 using the appropriate guidelines as in the production plan according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using an appropriate planting plan are explained.
  • Consequences of inappropriate preparation of the planting area are understood.
  • Consequences of not using appropriate equipment for the establishment of plants are explained.
  • Consequences of using the incorrect parent seed are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to planting instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the excess parent seed correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete planting of seed unit. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Collecting, labelling and disposing of excess seed according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures.
  • Completing and distributing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

  • 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 using the appropriate guidelines as in the production plan according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using an appropriate planting plan are explained.
  • Consequences of inappropriate preparation of the planting area are understood.
  • Consequences of not using appropriate equipment for the establishment of plants are explained.
  • Consequences of using the incorrect parent seed are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to planting instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the excess parent seed correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements 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 
    Knowledge and theory of operation of cultivation equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve establishing problems by applying basic agronomic principles. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others with whom the relevant function interfaces. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one self when preparing for planting seed units. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and organise information when recording data on establishment of seed units. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others in the process of reporting variations to relevant parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when establishing seed units. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems, when working with chemicals and a wide range of genetic material. 

    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(All learners should demonstrate)
  • 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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