The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to understand the use of day to day planning and scheduling for optimal production in the agricultural processing environment. The learner will also be able to make useful inputs in the planning and scheduling process. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and management, creating a valuable human resource within the agricultural sector. Learners will understand the importance of the application of business principles in agricultural production with specific reference to production/conversion. 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: Explain production planning and the different levels of planning that can be used in production planning activities.

  • The different levels of planning encountered in the agricultural production process is described.
  • Enterprise and product options are described.
  • Factors influencing the planning process are explained.
  • The relationship between income and expenditures, costing, budgeting is explained.


Unit 2: Demonstrate an understanding of scheduling.

  • Scheduling is explained.
  • The different scheduling techniques are described. 
  • Forward and backward scheduling is described. 
  • The importance of control over schedules is explained.


Unit 3: Demonstrate production optimisation techniques.

  • An understanding of the recording of agricultural inputs and the measurement against parameters and goals are demonstrated.
  • An understanding of the recording of agricultural production and process data and the measurement against goals is demonstrated.
  • The ability to record agricultural production output data and measure it against parameters and goals is demonstrated. 
  • The basic ability to statistically analyse recorded data and to analyse productivity of agricultural processes based on the analysis is demonstrated. 
  • The ability to adapt agricultural inputs and processes to achieve required output is demonstrated. 


Unit 4: Demonstrate the ability to make meaningful comments on the planning and scheduling process.

  • An understanding of production planning is demonstrated.
  • An understanding of scheduling by making useful inputs with regard to the activities and timeframes, in the planned schedule is demonstrated.
  • The implementation of various management decisions regarding planning, implementing and optimisation agricultural production processes is demonstrated


Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online


Production Management

SAQA ID: 116218

NQF Level: 3

Credits: 3

Certificate Validity: 2 Years

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