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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of propagation of deciduous fruit trees on a commercial scale 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14345  Demonstrate an understanding of propagation of deciduous fruit trees on a commercial scale 
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 
A learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the promogation of deciduous fruit trees on a commercial scale.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the germination and growth process of the seed of a deciduous fruit tree.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vegetative propagation of deciduous rootstock material.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the budding/grafting process using a selected cultivar.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of good nursery practices. 

  • 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 the germination and growth process of the seed of a deciduous fruit 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The requirements for germination of deciduous fruit seed are explained with varying maturity as well as the conditions and process of stratification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The stage and the process of sowing are explained using own words 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The requirements for growth of a seedling are explained in a nursery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The stage at which the budding/grafting process may take place is explained using own words. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the vegetative propagation of deciduous rootstock material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The selection criteria for suitable clonal rootstock material are explained according to selection criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The selection criteria may include but is not restricted to characteristics such as root-borne diseases, dwarfing and precocity (Precocity - Flowering or fruiting early).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Suitable shoots to be used as rootstock material is defined in relation with development standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Development standard may refer to required length, thickness thereof, time of year and stage of development.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The method of establishment of mother plantations is explained in relation material of origin 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The stage at which budding/grafting process may take place are identified according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The stage may refer to but not restricted to season, stage of development and the condition of the seedling.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the budding/grafting process using a selected cultivar. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Good quality scion or grafting material is identified for stone and pome fruit kinds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance of using good quality rootstock and scion/grafting materials are explained in relation to certified virus-free material for both 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Methods for budding and grafting of deciduous fruit trees are identified in relation with most common used methods. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of good nursery practices 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Requirements to growing of good quality nursery trees are identified in relation to soil types 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Importance of using virus-free materials is explained in relation to deciduous fruit trees propagation 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Good management practices are identified in a nursery 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    3. : Management practices may include but not limited to weed control, fertilization, irrigation, pest and disease management.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. A tree suitable for planting in an orchard is choosing according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Criteria may refer to the root system, length, thickness of stem below and above union and the featheriness of the tree.
     


    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. 

  • 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 seed and vegetative propagation material of various fruit kinds as well as the time of the year when this material is available. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner will be able to identify use science and technology effectively and critically to ensure and understanding of aspects such as the techniques involved in the budding/grafting process, and in the management of pests and diseases including showing responsibility towards maintaining a safe and healthy environment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner will be able to understand the process as a set of related systems by explaining/demonstrating the importance of a well-managed nursery of virus-free true-to-type trees to the well-being of the deciduous fruit industry as a whole and thus also to job security of the individual worker. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner will be able to contributing to the personal development of each learner participating as a responsible citizen in life by being aware of the affects of not being safety orientated as well as being sensitive to the cultural diversity of the team. 

    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.
  • Stone fruit - A fruit with a hard stone core-like pit e.g. peach.
  • Pome fruit - A fruit with firm flesh with a central core of seeds, like the pomegranate e.g. Apple, Pear or, Orange
  • Scion - A shoot of a plant that can be used for grafting or planting
  • Rootstock - A plant into which a plant can be grafted. 

  • 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. DEW CRISP PTY LTD 
    3. Dzunde Farming Co-operative Limited 
    4. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    5. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    6. Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre 
    7. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    8. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    9. Setlakala Business Development 
    10. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    11. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 



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