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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plant cotton manually 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12601  Plant cotton manually 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
Prepare the seedbed for planting cotton, plant cotton manually and explain what needs plants have, thin cotton out and replant when necessary 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
PAETA/1/Agronomy/C2
PAETA/1/Agronomy/C3 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate an understanding of fully establishing cotton growth 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1.1 Learner to explain factors that could influence the germination of cottonseed 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
1.2 Learner to identify and explain the procedure for using nutrients 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
1.3 Learner to explain how day light length influences the planting process 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Carbon dioxide, moisture, light and temperature
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare for planting cotton 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to explain the procedure for preparing soil 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Learner to explain how to combat wind erosion 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Learner to explain the concept of soil compaction 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Learner to demonstrate how planting depth is ensured 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Learner to explain what and how crust formation is addressed 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6 Demonstrate an understanding of secondary cultivation 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Ploughing, ripping, water, economics of ploughing and Fine-seedbed.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Plant cotton 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 The learner to demonstrate and explain the planting process 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 The learner must be able to identify and select seeds according to quality standards 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Demonstrate and or explain spacing in the row and between the rows 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Discuss the difference between planting cotton in rain-fed fields and irrigated fields with reference to plant population 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Planting depth and seeding rate.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Thin and replant cotton 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Learner to demonstrate an understanding of why, how and when thinning and replanting have to take place. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Seed germination percentages, seedling diseases and pests, spacing.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
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 
The effect soil preparation has on crop production
Why soil preparation should takes place and why the seedbed must be fine
How to work safely in a team
Identify problems with the preparations and rectify it
The need for seedling diseases, pests and weed control. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems during the process 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/ organisation/community. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others). 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Contribute to the full development of oneself. 

UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

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

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
The learner will be made aware what conditions contribute to controlling weeds manually.

Terminology:
Slashing means cutting weeds with a panga to a required height 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Elective  20287   National Certificate: Farming  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
3. KayDee Project Management Cc 
4. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
5. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
6. New Heights 1082 
7. Setlakala Business Development 
8. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
9. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 



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.