ACCREDITED COURSE ON
Africa Land-Use Training offers an AgriSETA accredited course on Farm Planning (NQF level 5). The course can be presented to groups at one of our venues or at a venue of your choice in your region. Please contact us to arrange a course for your group or for more information (see contact details below). Groups between 15 and 30 are accepted.
AIM OF THE COURSE
The course aims to train the learner on planning the layout of production units and infrastructure on a property and to assess the agricultural potential each. The learner should be able to draw a basic map showing the proposed production units and basic infrastructure layout on the farm (see more content further down).
The duration of the course is two weeks. The first week is spent on theoretical training and practical demonstrations. During the second week learners will plan and assess a farm under supervision.
Learners will be assessed for competency using the specific unit standard outcomes and assessment criteria. Learners found competent will receive certificates under the jurisdiction of AgriSETA and SAQA. This course is based on the following Unit Standard (US):
US Title: Plan a farm and select a site
NQF level 5
Credit points: 9
US ID: 116324
The course content is based on the above mentioned SAQA unit standard. The presentation of the course is divided into six phases, namely;
Phase 1 – Introduction to farm planning
During this phase topics such as the importance of farm planning, relevant legislation, available service providers and socio-economic factors will be discussed.
Phase 2 – The natural resources
During this phase the course focus on the important natural resources that are considered and assessed during the farm planning process. The factors influencing the agricultural potential of each of these resources are discussed and demonstrated where possible.
Phase 3 – Equipment used
During this phase learners are trained how to use maps, GPS’s and other technologies which are useful for data collection and general orientation.
Phase 4 – Data collection
During this phase learners are trained on how to collect data on natural resources on a specific property. This includes an initial desktop study and subsequent collection of field data on soil and vegetation. The basics on how to do wetland delineation is also given.
Phase 5 – Basic infrastructure planning
During this phase the requirements for efficient infrastructure layout and placement are discussed. Basic infrastructure on a farm such as roads, fences, water reticulation and soil conservation works and structures are included.
Phase 6 – Mapping
During this phase the learner is trained on how to use data and compile a basic map showing the proposed production units and infrastructure on the farm. Phases 4, 5 and 6 are repeated in practice during the second week of training.
Please contact us should you need any further information or if you want to arrange training for a group of people.