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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plant sugarcane manually 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12567  Plant sugarcane 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 plant sugarcane manually to ensure maximum yield.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of successful establishment of a sugarcane field.
  • Prepare for sugarcane planting procedures.
  • Plant sugarcane manually. 

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

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of successful establishment of a sugarcane field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The growing needs of plant are identified according to basic plant growth factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plant growth factors may refer to carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, nutrients or food and warmth.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The period when to plant sugarcane is explained according to sugarcane best planting conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Best planting conditions refer to season such as spring or summer and moisture content in the soil.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Hygiene factors before sugarcane planting commences are identified and explained to ensure maximum yield. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range: Hygiene factors may refer to field, equipment and seed sources. Field factors may refer to sources of pests and diseases by ensuring the field is free from volunteers and any vegetable material that could house any remnants of pests and diseases.
    Equipment may refer to sterilizing of cane knives.
    Seed sources from trustworthy sources and good quality.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The importance of cutting sugarcane seed before planting is explained in relation to cutting of sets, bundles and period of exposure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Soil preparation before and after the planting of the cane seeds are explained in relation to maximum yield. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Soil preparation refer to field furrowing, fertilizer addition and period of soil exposure after furrowing.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for sugarcane planting procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Sugarcane field is inspected before planting according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Inspection refers to identification of possible sources of pests and diseases by ensuring the field is free from volunteers and any vegetable material.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Sugarcane planting field is prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation refers to time scheduling of the crop, ploughing and disc harrowing to fine tilt and to ensure full surround of soil around seed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Equipment and materials used for sugarcane planting are prepared according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment refers to knapsack sprayers, cane knives and equipment for applying fertilizer. Materials refer to fertilizer, herbicides, and hoes disinfectants.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Healthy seed-cane is selected according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Healthy seed-cane refers to seed-cane being free from diseases, pests and obtained from trustworthy sources
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The field is furrowed and fertiliser applied before planting according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Seed-cane is cut and stored according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Storing refers to placing in bundles and planting should take place within 2 days from cutting.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plant sugarcane manually. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Sugarcane seed is cut and placed in furrows according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cutting lengths may refer to either double, single or half stick lengths. Sugarcane being cut into sets of about 500 mm long.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Cane knives are handled according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handling of cane knives refer to sharpening and sterilizing of the knives at the end of each row by dipping into a disinfecting liquid.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Sugarcane planting procedures are maintained according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Planting procedures may refer to sugarcane sets being covered with about 30 mm of soil and the application of pre-emergence herbicides at the prescribed rate.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Common problems associated with planting sugarcane are solved within scope of work. 


    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 planting sugarcane. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively as a team member when panting sugarcane. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to evaluate the field and cane seeds before planting. 

    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 during the plant procedures. 

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

    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.
  • Cane seed is a short piece of sugarcane stalk about 500 mm long.
  • Cane and sugarcane is synonymous.
  • Cane sets and cane seed is synonymous

    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
    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. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    3. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    4. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    5. Setlakala Business Development 
    6. Shukela Training Centre 
    7. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    8. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 



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