The purpose of this qualification is to allow Junior Personnel and elected candidated to
progress towards a position of farm laboures (operators) with specific reference to Plant
Production. The contexualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:
A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to
participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to
Plant production in an established and familiar context under general supervision.
The Learner will be able to perform directed activities and take responsibility fo r the
guiding others at lower level within a Plant Production context.
Competency will be gained in any of the specialized sub-field s of Plant Production as
specified under Areas Of Specialization (i.e. Vegetables, Fruit Production, Hydroponics, etc.)
The learner will be able to take responsible decisions within a familiar range based on a
sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices,
in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the
economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge
and skills, all in an Plant Production context.
The Learner will be able to carry out famil iar procedures in a limited environment and will
be able to adhere to the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as
applicable within the industry.
In addition to the above, th e learner will be well positioned to extend learning and
practice into other sub-fields such as Plant Production and Mixed Farming, since such efforts
will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this
The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of Management and
Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.
Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through
the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and
gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
This qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming
practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the
production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream
Finally, L earners will be able to guide and direct others in terms of the implementation of
smaller development projects within a Plant Production context.
It is assumed that a learner entering a programme leading to this qualification has achieved
numeracy, literacy and communication equivalent to NQF 1 and technical skills pertaining to
agricultural activities equivalent to NQF 1.
Exit Level Outcomes are divided into five categories of competencies, namely:
Good Agricultural Practices
Plant Production; and
Animal Production (This component has been included to ensure that Learners at this level
is exposed to a small component of animal production)