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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate and support a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116070  Operate and support a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 achieving this unit standard will be able to monitor and support the implementation of food safety and quality, production, environmental and social practices and awareness within the agricultural supply chain.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. The application of food safety in primary agriculture is focussed on in this unit standard.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. A culture of maintenance and care will be instilled for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Recognise pests and diseases and weeds on crops.
  • NQF 1: Apply basic food safety practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply basic food safety practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Food safety practices include but are not limited to hygiene, conservation, waste and pollutants, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Good personal hygiene practices are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Preventative measures against food contamination are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Warning signs regarding product safety are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Illustrate basic knowledge to distinguish and report non-conformances and deviations in food safety, quality and the environment with reference to the agricultural enterprise. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Non-conformances and deviations in food safety include but are not limited to deviations from pre-harvest norms such as with fertilizers, agrochemical application, handling etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The way non-conformances and deviations in the food safety and quality will be detected is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The way this problem will be traced to a pre-harvest environment is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of problems the enterprise can have on the environment if plans to deal with deviations are not in place are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need for worker training with regards to detecting problems in the system and being able to trace it to the source is discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understanding basic health and social issues in the agricultural environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Basic health and social issues include but are not limited to a basic understanding of the occupational health and safety act (OHSA) with reference to the workers and working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of good health care practices is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good health care practices include but are not limited to HIV/AIDS, communicable diseases, good nutrition, drug abuse and dependency.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A brief description of the OHSA and how it relates to the specific agricultural enterprise is given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The rights of the workers are described with regard to the OHSA and the specific agricultural enterprise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Basic record keeping and training of the workers are discussed with regard to the OHSA and social issues. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of risk factors in food safety and quality related to the agricultural supply chain. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Risk factors in food safety and quality include but are not limited to chemical, physical and biological factors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    What is understood by food safety and quality is explained with reference to the agricultural enterprise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different elements that can affect food safety and quality are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of worker health and welfare on food safety and quality is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The different records required to assist the operation is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate basic understanding of record keeping activities on the farm. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Record keeping includes but is not limited to systematic filing of documents of the farming operations and personnel, both electronically and manually etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Your understanding of record keeping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of a systematic filing system for records in accordance with GAP (good agricultural practices) and GMP (good manufacturing practices) principles is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    How and where certain files will be found is demonstrated e.g. regarding chemical usage, training or environmental issues etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process that will be followed to find or identify where a problem in the operation occurred is explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 
    A competent learner will demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Basic principles of different regulations, requirements and regulatory aspects with reference to the agricultural enterprise are understood.
  • Good agricultural/manufacturing/processing/health practices.
  • Standard operation procedures on the farm.
  • Food borne illnesses.
  • Impact of food safety and quality in trade.
  • Contamination risks.
  • Contamination preventative measures.
  • Risk factors related to food safety.
  • Principles of food safety and quality.
  • Basic principles of environmental and conservation management.
  • Basic principles of waste and pollution management.
  • Basic principles of natural resource management.
  • Basic record keeping practices.
  • Agricultural hygiene principles.
  • Effective personal hygiene practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self development relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has reference to workers who are in a management or supervisory level of operations within different fields of the agricultural enterprise to assist with the process of assuring that accreditation for the different export markets are achieved or adhered to. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48976   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48977   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    6. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    7. Escay Catering and other Services 
    8. Ghoenas Kraal Opleiding Sentrum 
    9. Goldfields FET College 
    10. Heedmorine Training 
    11. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    12. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    13. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    14. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    15. Knowledge For Ever 
    16. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    17. Maishamalema Development Training 
    18. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    19. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    20. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    21. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    22. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    23. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    24. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    25. Mpontshe Training 
    26. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    27. Mvelo Consultant 
    28. National Institute For The Deaf 
    29. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    30. Nophelo Training Centre 
    31. Novi General Services 
    32. Peritum Agri Institute 
    33. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    34. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    35. Setlakala Business Development 
    36. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    37. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    38. Skills Fusion 
    39. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    40. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    41. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    42. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    43. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    44. Tripple R Training Provider 
    45. University of Limpopo 
    46. Vari Consulting 



    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.