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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Store seed 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114654  Store seed 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:
Storage of seed for maintenance of quality until further distribution. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
Understanding of general safety in the work place at NQF level 3.
Literacy-, numeracy- and communication skills at NQF level 3.
Basic computer literacy skills.Introduction to seed industry and relevant workplace. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and statutory requirements.

Deviations in seed storage conditions include, but are not limited to: pests and damaged packaging based on visual evaluation, temperature and humidity, moisture content and quality of the seed based on regular readings.Storage facilities include, but are not limited to: rooms, sheds, safes, and cupboards with or without climate control.Seed includes, but is not limited to: germplasm, commercial, parent, breeders, basic and other types as well as seed samples.Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Act 85 of 1993 as amended and other relevant statutory health and safety requirements and work site procedures.Seed storage principles include, but are not limited to the effect of: environmental conditions, temperature, humidity, moisture-content of seed, time and aeration on the deterioration of seed. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare for storage of seed. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Preparing the work area according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Maintaining storage plan according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Ensuring that the correct equipment in appropriate condition is available for storing according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
    Consequences of not compiling and updating the storage plan are explained.Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and adhering to safety regulations according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.Consequences of not obtaining and sending required samples for quality evaluation are explained.Consequences of not monitoring, controlling and reporting storage conditions are explained.Implications of not identifying deviations on seed quality in storage are explained.Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Store seed. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Identifying and selecting appropriate storage space and conditions according to work site procedures. > Verifying and recording of seed according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Placing of seed in storage space according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Controlling and monitoring storage conditions and reporting deviations according to work site procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
    Consequences of not compiling and updating the storage plan are explained.Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and adhering to safety regulations according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.Consequences of not obtaining and sending required samples for quality evaluation are explained.Consequences of not monitoring, controlling and reporting storage conditions are explained.Implications of not identifying deviations on seed quality in storage are explained.Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor seed. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Obtaining and forwarding samples for quality evaluation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Recording and reporting on stock quantities according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. > Preparation of seed in storage for stocktaking purposes according to work site procedures.
  • Informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
    Consequences of not compiling and updating the storage plan are explained.
    Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and adhering to safety regulations according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
    Consequences of not obtaining and sending required samples for quality evaluation are explained.
    Consequences of not monitoring, controlling and reporting storage conditions are explained.
    Implications of not identifying deviations on seed quality in storage are explained.
    Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete storage process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Restoring work area according to work site procedures.
  • Informing relevant parties of variations according to work site procedures.
  • Completing the documentation and forwarding to relevant parties according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Consequences of not compiling and updating the storage plan are explained.
    Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and adhering to safety regulations according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
    Consequences of not obtaining and sending required samples for quality evaluation are explained.
    Consequences of not monitoring, controlling and reporting storage conditions are explained.Implications of not identifying deviations on seed quality in storage are explained.
    Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.
    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.
    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    General knowledge of seed quality
    General principles of seed storage
    Knowledge and theory of environmental influences on seed
    Knowledge and theory of operation of storage equipment
    Knowledge and theory of applicable software and or methods for recording data 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by inspecting and reporting deviations in storage conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others with whom the relevant function interfaces. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself when preparing for storage of seed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate the information documents, samples and condition of storage facility. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others in the process of storage of seed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems, when working with chemicals and applicable genetic material. 

    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 
    Values (All learners should demonstrate)
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker/management and industrial relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48650   National Certificate: Seed Research and Development Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48653   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  48658   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Marketing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Mpontshe Training 



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