New subject for 2021 – Agricultural Technology

Agricultural Technology offers the learners the opportunity to apply the technological process to design and make practical projects, operate, repair and maintain equipment, design and construct structures in the agricultural environment.

The following generic concepts are embedded in Agricultural Technology:

• identifying and solving problems using the technological process and relevant scientific principles;

• safety rules and regulations applicable within the agricultural environment, according to the Occupational, Health and Safety (OHS) Act, 1993 (Act 85 of 1993), first aid and medical emergencies including HIV and AiDS awareness;

• basic operational knowledge and correct use of agricultural tools, equipment and machinery used in production and processing of food and fibre;

• effective communication techniques such as verbal, written and visual communication; • effective use of computer technology, measuring and surveying equipment related to agriculture;

• construction, erecting and maintenance of agricultural buildings and structures;• maintenance and repair of farm implements and machinery;• energy principles and their application in agriculture;

• planning, construction and maintenance of animal handling facilities necessary for effective animal production;

• safe and effective use of agricultural equipment used in crop production, horticulture, orchards, vineyards, fodder crops and forestry;

• planning, designing and maintenance of macro and micro irrigation and hydroponics systems; and

• calibrations and calculations in the agricultural environment.The following processes must be embedded in Agricultural Technology:

• Learn to solve problems in methodical, scientific and in creative ways in the agricultural environment;

• Learn by dealing directly with inclusivity, human rights, social and environmental issues in their theoretical and practical tasks;

• Use and engage with subject related knowledge in a purposeful way;

• Use a variety of life skills when working on projects in an authentic context (for example decision making, critical thinking, co-operation and needs identification); and

• develop more positive attitudes and perceptions towards career pathways.