human resources in agriculture learner achieving this unit standard will be able to describe and understand the principles of Human Resources Management as applied at workplace environment. Learners will understand the importance of the application of business principles in agricultural production with specific reference to human resources. They will be able to operate farming practices as businesses and will gain the knowledge and skills to move from a subsistence orientation to an economic orientation in agriculture. Farmers will gain the knowledge and skills to access mainstream agriculture through a business-orientated approach to agriculture.


Unit 1: Demonstrate an awareness and basic understanding of the farm’s Human Resources policy with specific reference to rules and procedures.

  • An understanding of disciplinary rules and grievance procedures at farm level is demonstrated.
  • An understanding of the value of a human resource policy and that access to it is known is demonstrated.
  • The implication(s) of non-compliance of company rules and procedures are explained. 

Unit 2: Explain and identify labour legislation applicable at the work situation.

  • An understanding is demonstrated of labour legislation relevant and applicable at the workplace with specific reference to working hours, remuneration, safety, holidays, etc.
  • An understanding is demonstrated of the implication(s) of not complying with labour legislation. 
  • An ability is demonstrated to explain Employment rights and responsibilities.

Unit 3: Explain and interpret contracts and agreements applicable at the workplace.

  • An understanding is demonstrated of the need for job descriptions and the contents of it.
  • An understanding is demonstrated of the value of a contract – should be able to explain it and interpret it. 
  • An understanding is demonstrated of the need for personnel evaluation and the evaluation process. 
  • Understanding is demonstrated of the need for performance agreements and the functioning of such a system. 
  • An understanding and awareness of all other Agreements relevant to the work situation is demonstrated.

Unit 4: Explain and adhere to health and safety rules and practices.

  • An understanding of the need and value of Health and Safety rules and procedures is demonstrated.
  • An awareness of the location of safety equipment is demonstrated. 
  • An awareness of the importance of the periodical checking of safety equipment is demonstrated.
  • Personal hygiene practices are identified, described and interpreted.


Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online


Human Resources in Agriculture

SAQA ID: 116113

NQF Level: 2

Credits: 2

Certificate Validity: 2 Years

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