The plant production nqf 3 purpose of this qualification is to allow Supervisors to progress towards a Junior Farm Manager position with specific reference to Plant Production


Module 1: Communication

  • Accommodate audience and contexts in oral communication
  • Interpret a variety of literary texts
  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Write texts for a range of communicative contexts
  • Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts
  • Read, analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Write for a wide range of contexts

Module 2: Mathematical Literacy

  • Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life-related problems
  • Implement a data collection plan
  • Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & improve geometrical relationships in 2- and 3-dimensional space in the life and workplace of adults with increasing responsibilities
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national, and international issues

Module 3: Agricultural Practices

  • Plan and maintain environmentally sound agricultural process
  • Apply effective and responsible integrated pest, disease & weed control
  • Develop a harvesting plan for a specific agricultural crop
  • Schedule the operation and maintenance of irrigation systems

Module 4: Agricultural Business

  • Assume co-responsibility & participation in human resource management
  • Give an overview of the industry structure
  • Implement a food safety and quality management system in the agricultural supply chain
  • Prepare a whole farm budget and establish a properly integrated information system for an Agri-business
  • Participate in the development and management of an agricultural marketing plan
  • Procure and manage agricultural input
  • Implement a permaculture site design

Module 5: Plant Production Principles

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physiological processes in plant growth and development
  • Implement soil fertility and plant nutrition practices
  • Manage plant manipulation methods of an agricultural crop
  • Manage water quality parameters
  • Propagate plants in a variety of situations
  • Produce crop in a hydroponic system

Module 6:

  • Establish a plan for the monitoring, safe use, and maintenance of equipment implements, technology, and infrastructure


Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended


Entry Level Requirement: Numeracy, Literacy & Communication equal to NQF 2 Technical skills pertaining to agricultural activities equal to NQF 2


Qualifying learners could follow a career in:

  • Farm Worker specialising in plant production (Pest Controller/Irrigationist)
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Farm Team Leader
  • Farm Manager

Exit level Outcomes

Exit Level Outcomes are divided into four categories of competencies, namely:

  • Fundamental competencies
  • Agri-business
  • Good agricultural practices
  • Plant Production

Fundamental Competencies:

  • Apply communication skills in an agricultural environment
  • Apply mathematical calculations within the agricultural environment
  • Implement a data collection plan in the agricultural sector
  • Plan and maintain environmentally sound agricultural processes by identifying knowledge processes and patterns of the environment in the region, and understanding the limitations of resources and how their management contributes to sustainable interactive agriculture, using environmental indicators


  • Manage stores and agro-inputs in stores
  • Implement quality control aspects of an agri-business
  • Demonstrate ability to develop an integrated marketing plan
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop an integrated whole farm budget
  • Apply principles of human resources management in an agricultural environment
  • Participate in the analysis, planning and management of an agri-business
  • Describe the historical and current structure of the relevant industry within secondary agriculture
  • Evaluate and adjust the enterprise and production processes of animal and crop enterprises

Agricultural Practices:

  • Implement a management system related to food safety, production practices, as well as demonstrate environmental and social awareness within the agricultural supply chain
  • Apply principles to design, prepare and implement basic operational procedures for the maintenance and storage of equipment, implements and infrastructure
  • Implement corrective actions to ensure water quality
  • Implement a natural resource management plan of the farm in relation to area wide planning
  • Maintain the most appropriate land-use on a farm by continuously assessing the natural resource base

Plant Production:

  • Explain the different physiological processes involved in the growth and development of the plant
  • Establish and supervise the implementation of soil preparation procedures
  • Propagate plants in a variety of situations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an integrated pest management system
  • Develop a harvesting plan for crops
  • Implement a plant manipulation management plan using a broad range of techniques


National Certificate: Plant Production

SAQA ID: 49052



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