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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply fertiliser manually 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12556  Apply fertiliser manually 
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 
The learner will be able to apply fertilizer manually to a crop using basic utensils.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fertilizing a crop.
  • Prepare for the application of fertiliser.
  • Apply fertiliser to a crop
  • Perform end of fertiliser application procedures.

    Range: Crops may included but are not limited to sorghum, maize, groundnuts, sunflower, beans, soya beans, sugarcane, wheat, rye, barley, cotton and potatoes 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Basic reading or symbol identification to ensure correct selection of fertiliser mixtures.
    Basic numeracy ABET 1. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of fertilizing a crop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The reasons for fertilizing a crop is explained according to crop growth needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The reason for soil sampling is explained according to fertilizing cost and input. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Factors that influence fertilizer application are explained to maximise crop growth. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors may refer to season, rain, dampness of soil, stage of crop growth and kind and amount of fertilizer.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for the application of fertiliser 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal preparation is done according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Utensils to be used are identified and prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Utensils may refer to an empty "oil tin can", piece of rope or a Mayfield spreader.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Fertiliser is prepared according to workplace procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply fertiliser to a crop 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The fertilizer is applied at the calculated rate and according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Application of fertiliser amounts and rate of application are controlled according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rate of application may refer to a Mayfield sprayer or a length of rope equivalent to the distance the contents of the tin must be emptied.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Common problems associated with fertilizer application are solved within scope of work. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of fertiliser application procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Utensils are cleaned and stored according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Waste from the cleaning process are handled and dispatched according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Fertilizer is stored according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Faulty or broken equipment are reported according to workplace procedures 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner`s competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the appropriate ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organize and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively when applying fertilizer. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse and critically evaluate information during soil sampling and calculation of fertilser rate. 

    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 during fertilizer application procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems, by showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology
    Workplace procedures refer to place of work procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer of equipment, personal, equipment and environmental safety procedures, best practices and applicable legislation

    Legal requirements:
    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No 57 of 1997. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50227   National Certificate: Rooibos Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  20287   National Certificate: Farming  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. Goldfields FET College 
    4. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    5. Interactive Trading 747 ( PTY) LTD 
    6. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    7. Knowledge For Ever 
    8. Lesedi Community Services 
    9. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    10. Millenium Skills (Pty )Ltd 
    11. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    12. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    13. Safropa Pty Ltd 
    14. Setlakala Business Development 
    15. Shukela Training Centre 
    16. Sioma Training and Enterprise Developement 
    17. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    18. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute 
    20. Vukani Community Training 
    21. Zilungisele Business Enterprise cc 



    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.