The Soil and Fertilizer Preparation
A learner who has attended this course will be able to apply soil nutrient preparations in a safe, effective and responsible manner to the benefit of plant/crop growth.
Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in soil fertilisation and plant nutrition 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: Apply appropriate nutrient substances to soils or crops under close supervision
- The ability to apply a pre-measured amount of the correct soil nutrition substance on an indicated area of soil is demonstrated.
- The ability to identify nutrients that will be applied is demonstrated.
Unit 2: Understand how to make compost and when to use it
- How to store manure so that nutrients are not lost is shown.
- Making a compost heap, mixing manure (or other nitrogen sources) with organic matter, adding appropriate amounts of water is demonstrated.
- The composting process is managed and it is recognised when compost is ready to use, and the nutrient-loss dangers of leaving the heap too long are recognised.
Unit 3: Identify basic symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in different crops
- The colour change on plant leaves, and/or fruit/ plant abnormalities, compared with healthy plants is recognised.
- The position of the discoloured leaves is described.
Unit 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of soil properties
- Soil structure and texture are identified using simple tests/ observations.
- The composition of soil based on simple tests and observations is described.
- The advantages and disadvantages of different soil types in a specific context are described.
Unit 5: Apply soil preparation tasks that require hand-held tools and low-technology ploughing implements
- The advantages and disadvantages of effective and ineffective soil preparation are described, as well as their effects on plant roots.
- The function and correct use of simple ploughing tools in soil preparation are explained and demonstrated.
Duration: 1 Day
During the workshop, participants will be briefed on how to prepare and present a Portfolio of Evidence for assessment.