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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Harvest cotton manually 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12600  Harvest cotton 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 
Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to explain what factors could have an influence on cotton fibre quality, harvest cotton, organise labour and stack cotton into bales 

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 
Harvest cotton by hand 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Explain the process of harvesting and how harvesting been done 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Harvesting process, time of harvesting, early harvesting, techniques and actions.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to explain land preparation for mechanical harvesting 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Land preparation, yield losses and time loss, and increase efficiency, mass handling
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to explain the disadvantages and advantages of mechanical harvesting 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Stack cotton into compact bales 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to explain the procedures for safe transport of cotton fibre 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to demonstrate the standard procedure for baling cotton 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to demonstrate the standard procedure for stacking bales of cotton fibre 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Compact bales, containers for mass transport and storage of bales
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate an understanding of organizing labour for harvesting 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to explain the standard procedure for handling laborers 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the most efficient way for a team to harvest 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to explain the procedures that will ensure a quality product 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Labor act, quality and efficiency
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Grade the cotton 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 The learner to explain how grading takes place 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 The learner to explain which factors influence the quality of the product 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 The learner to identify different grades of cotton fibre 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Neps, Naps, Carding, Micronaire, and the grading process.
Factors influence which the quality of the final product.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
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 
How to harvest cotton for the best quality
The income will depend on the quality of the harvested product
How to work safely in a team
Identify problems around the harvesting and rectify it 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems during the process 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/ organisation/community 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others). 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Contribute to the full development of oneself. 

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 
The learner will be made aware what conditions contribute to better quality and cleaner cotton 

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. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
5. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
6. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
7. Setlakala Business Development 
8. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
9. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 



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.