Plant Production

This qualification will form the basis for learners to extend their learning into more specialized areas of plant production and provides the basis of the establishment of sustainable farming operations through the inclusion of a wide spectrum of competencies required by farmers in South Africa.

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Course duration

12 Months

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Entry level

Minimum Grade 10



Completing this course will enable you to:

Whilst technical production orientated competencies are ensured, other aspects such as agri-business and good agricultural practices are included in the range of competencies required by farmers in order to enable them to strive towards agricultural management standards and practices at higher levels.

Course Outcomes

Course outcomes cover five categories of competencies, namely:

  • Fundamental Competencies
  • Agri-business
  • 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)

Fundamental competencies

  • Apply various communication skills within the agricultural environment.
  • Apply mathematical calculations within the agricultural environment.
  • Collect and collate agricultural data and recognize and report on deviations.
  • Explain basic functions of the environment by recognising patterns and processes, knowing local resources and basic sustainable agricultural processes using environmental indicators.


  • Apply basic skills in record keeping, storage, contaminant management and associated legislation when controlling input and stock.
  • Set goals and objectives related to production / conversion systems within an agricultural business.

Plant production

  • Apply knowledge of the marketing principles within agriculture for a specific product or service.
  • Define and illustrate the gross margin statement, income statement, balance sheet and cash flow budget as well as the different cost aspects that one can find in a business.
  • Describe and understand the principles of Human Resources Management as applied
  • Explain the principles and factors influencing agricultural enterprise selection and production.

Agricultural practices

  • Monitor and support the implementation of food safety and quality, production, environmental and social practices and awareness within the agricultural supply chain.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water quality to agriculture and to monitor and maintain water quality using established procedures.
  • Apply basic practices to conserve the environment, including natural resources.
  • Select basic equipment and implements that are appropriate to a combination of activities within a single agricultural process.
  • Carry out basic physical farm layout tasks including construction of rainwater harvesting and soil conservation structures in a small farm or garden environment.

Plant production

  • Identify the basic structures and functions of a plant.
  • Soil is prepared according to the requirements of the crop.
  • Propagate plants.
  • Recognize common insects, disease symptoms and weeds and apply basic control measures
  • Apply agrochemical products in a safe, effective and responsible manner with consideration to the environment.
  • Plant a range of crops and monitor the correct establish of crops as well as ensuring that planting is placed and spaced as required
  • Manipulate plants by applying a narrow range of techniques
  • Harvest crops.

Animal production

  • Produce livestock whilst demonstrating an understanding of the environment and its relationship to sustainable livestock production.

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Course Curriculum

  • Assess the influence of the environment on sustainable livestock production.
  • Apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly.
  • Apply layout principles for conservation and infrastructure.
  • Apply marketing principles in agriculture.
  • Apply plant manipulation methods.
  • Apply sustainable farming practices to conserve the ecological environment.
  • Control inputs and stock in agribusiness.
  • Control pests, diseases and weeds on all crops effectively and responsibly.
  • Utilise and perform minor repair and maintenance tasks on implements, equipment and infrastructure.
  • Monitor, collect and collate agricultural data.
  • Recognise and identify the basic functions of the ecological environment.
  • Harvest natural flora.
  • Interpret and illustrate permaculture principles.
  • Introduce organic certification and internal control systems.
  • Participate in agri/ecotourism practices at both micro and meso levels to tourists.
  • Perform routine operations and identify basic problems in hydroponic systems.
  • Store and control agrochemical products effectively and responsibly.

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