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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Fertilize Deciduous Fruit Tree Orchards 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14334  Fertilize Deciduous Fruit Tree Orchards 
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 fertilise deciduous fruit trees using basic equipment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of fertilizers on the harvest.
  • Prepare to fertilize the deciduous fruit trees.
  • Apply fertilizer to deciduous fruit trees.
  • Perform end of fertiliser application procedures. 

  • 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 the effect of fertilizers on the harvest 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Basic factors influencing plant nutrition are identified to plant nutrition needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plant nutrition factors refer to time of application, soil type, pH, and available balance of nutrients.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Elements involved in the nutrition of deciduous fruit trees are according to their importance 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Elements refer to the six major (macro) and five minor (micro) elements
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3.The importance of applying nutrient element separately or in varying mixes is explained in relation to specific times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specific times relate to but not limited to the age of the tree, season and climate e.g. wet leaves.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to fertilize the deciduous fruit trees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Equipment to be used are identified and prepared according to workplace procedures 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may refer to sowing bag with shoulder strap, vehicle for transporting fertilizer to spreading site and the scale for weighing correct amount of fertilizer.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate time of fertiliser application is determined in relation to plant and environmental conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plant and environmental conditions refer to season, stage of growth of tree, weather conditions and the condition of the tree e.g. are the leaves dry.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Fertiliser is prepared according to workplace procedure 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation may refer to weighing out the correct amount of fertilizer, or to count the correct number of bags for spreading.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply fertilizer to deciduous fruit trees 

    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 
    Application methods of solid and liquid fertiliser/nutrient fertilizer mix may refer to whether trees are in nursery rows, on young trees individually, during soil preparation, in planting holes or broadcasting in an established orchard.
    To spray application on trees by means of knapsack or PTO-driven sprayer, application through the irrigation system or broadcasting/band application by means of PTO-driven equipment
     

    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. Equipment 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. Fertiliser 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 
    1.The learner will be able to identify and solve problems during the process of fertilizer application. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    1.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 feriliser 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
    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. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    5. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    6. Peritum Agri Institute 
    7. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    8. Setlakala Business Development 
    9. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    10. 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.