A learner achieving this unit standard will be able to harvest crops according to basic procedures making use of basic harvesting tools.Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in harvesting techniques and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in plant production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector.

Unit 1:Select and use appropriate tools / equipment for pre-determined harvesting methods.

  • Tools that will be needed to harvest the particular crop is described.
  • The way to ensure that the harvesting equipment is in good working condition is explained.
  • The way tools will be used according to established and familiar industry procedures is demonstrated.


Unit 2 :Carry out sampling for maturity indexing according to established and familiar procedures.

  • The way the sample will be harvested and how it will be handled (processed) is explained. 
  • The way to harvest the sample and process it is demonstrated.
  • The reason for taking a sample is explained.
  • Your understanding of the routine with which the sample has to be taken is explained. 


Unit 3:Harvest crops.

  • Harvesting procedure for the specific crop is explained.
  • The basic maturity level of the crops as advised is described.
  • The handlig the harvested crop immediately after harvesting is described. 
  • Any specifications which need to be followed as advised is explained.


Unit 4:Harvest crops considering the necessary health, hygiene and safety during the procedure.

  • The use of safety clothes or gear according to prescribed procedures is demonstrated. 
  • The different personal hygiene practices that must be implemented at all times are explained.
  • When it is necessary to disclose certain aspects of personal health is described.
  • The reason why certain hygiene procedures must be followed is explained.
  • The process of reporting when conditions are not according to the standards prescribed is described.


Unit 5:Ensure the collection and transportation of waste.

  • The way waste is dealt with according to specific procedures is described. 
  • The process with which the waste is processed according to the different categories is explained. 
  • The reason it is important to dispose of waste in a prescribed and particular fashion is explained.
  • The plan that you are given to process the waste from the particular agricultural enterprise is described. 
  • The records that are kept of the waste and how it is disposed of is described.


Unit 6:Care and maintain equipment used in cooperation with, and guiding others.

  • Caring for equipment according to procedures is described.
  • The importance of cleaning and caring for the equipment is explained. 
  • The place and way of storing equipment is described.
  • The way of dealing with defaults in equipment is explained. 
  • The routine and basic procedures that are dealt with at particular level is explained.
  • The way in which problems are reported and recorded is discussed

Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online




SAQA ID: 116111

NQF Level: 2

Credits: 4

Certificate Validity: 2 Years