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AGRICULTURAL SKILLS

PRIMARY AGRICULTURE

The agricultural programmes are currently facilitated at the Soshanguve campus, however POPUP hopes to extend this offering to another site at Edendale, close to Mamelodi.

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO FARMING

  • Conservation Agriculture - Basic and Advanced
  • Mixed Farming (Fruit and vegetables) - Basic and Advanced

PROGRAMME DURATION

National Certificate:

Conservation Agriculture Basic NQF 2  - 24 credits  - One week training

Conservation Agriculture Basic NQF 4  - 26 credits  - Two weeks training

 

This qualification provides learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Conservation Agriculture. The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

  • Junior farm labourers who wish to progress to the level of Labourer within farming operations in Plant Production;
  • Farm owners, in possession of an equivalent qualification at NQF 1;
  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed and RPL’ed;
  • Possible candidates for promotion identified by the community as leaders.
  • Learners may come from both genders.

 

When you have achieved this unit standard, you will have a basic knowledge of:

  • The nature of Conservation Agriculture
  • Processes involved in converting conservation agriculture
  • Field preparation and planting requirements in CA
  • Cover crops
  • Challenges to Conservation Agriculture
  • Know the equipment needed to practice CA
  • How to calculate the correct plant population and fertiliser rates
  • The importance of keeping the soil healthy
  • The importance of soil cover
  • The Roles of Stakeholders in Conservation Agriculture
  • Planning a budget
  • Identifying natural resources and their influence in the business enterprise
  • The value of market research
  • No-Till influence on productivity

 

The learner will engage in supervision and operational activities relevant to Plant Production.

 

This qualification will form the basis for learners to extend their learning into more specialised areas of plant- and animal 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. 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.

 

Competent qualifying learners in this qualification will oversee quality agricultural products in mixed farming systems whereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

 

National Certificate: Plant Production NQF 1; 2; 3; 4

This qualification provides learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Plant Production. The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

  • New entrants in farming who wish to progress to the level of Junior Labourer within farming operations in Plant Production;
  • New entrants that wishes to enter the sector as farmers;
  • Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed and RPL’ed;
  • Possible candidates for promotion identified by the community as leaders.
  • Learners may come from both genders.

 

The learner will engage in operational activities relevant to Plant Production.

 

Requests and expressions of need for this qualification, coming from the broad, but also specific farming communities (Plant Production) forms the basis for the development of this qualification.

 

This qualification will form the basis for learners to extend their learning into more specialised 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. 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.

 

Competent qualifying learners in this qualification will participate in the production of quality agricultural products in Plant Production whereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

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CONTACT DETAILS:

 

Salvokop Centre (Head Office)

Phone:  +27 12-003-2008

 

Soshanguve Centre

Phone:  +27 81-283-4400

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