identify pests and diseases on crops learner achieving this standard will be able to recognize, monitor and apply basic control of insects, plant diseases and common weeds, in a specific agricultural enterprise. In addition they will be able to report their findings to management or advisors. Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of pest control practices in primary agriculture They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. This unit standard will instil a culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations


Unit 1: Monitor the common pests prevalent in the specific agricultural enterprise.

  • The pest monitoring process for the specific agricultural enterprise is explained.
  • The significance for the monitoring of pests is explained
  • The differences between pests and predators are explained.
  • The relationship between pests and predators with relation to control measures is explained.
  • The ability to observe, categorize and report any new plant damage is demonstrated
  • The importance of the recording of data is explained.


Unit 2: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of trapping, monitoring and recording the incidence of pests, diseases and weeds.

  • The different types of traps that can be used in pest monitoring is explained.
  • The significance of these traps and how they are assessed is explained.
  • The techniques of monitoring pests when traps are not used are explained.
  • The monitoring of diseases and weeds is explained. 
  • Different methods of recording the data are explained.
  • The use of data to control pests is explained.


Unit 3: Collect insects not familiar and that had been identified.

  • The need to trap, collect and send unknown pests for identification especially when occurring in large numbers is explained.
  • The way in which these pests will be collected and where they could be sent for identification is described.
  • The reasons for identifying pests are explained.


Unit 4: Monitor the symptoms of disease associated with the agricultural enterprise.

  • The basic symptoms are which would be looked for when one suspects a disease are described. 
  • Damage, disease symptoms and weeds are interpreted and explained.
  • The monitoring of disease symptoms is explained.
  • The possible measures that can be implemented to control diseases before it reaches problem status is described.
  • The strategy to treat an unknown disease is described.
  • The identification of diseases from plant material is described.


Unit 5: Monitor and report the incidence of weeds in the agricultural enterprise.

  • The characteristics of the most common weeds associated with the agricultural enterprise are explained.
  • Monitoring and control of weeds is described.
  • The collection of unknown seed is explained.
  • The strategy to identify unknown seed is described.


Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online


Identify pests and diseases on crops

SAQA ID: 116265

NQF Level: 3

Credits: 2

Certificate Validity: 2 Years


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