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Field crop and vegetable growers





Field crop and vegetable growers plan, organize and perform farming operations to grow and harvest various types of field crop such as wheat and other cereals, rice, beetroot, sugar-cane, groundnuts, tobacco, reed or other field crops, and potatoes, cabbages or other field vegetables, for sale or delivery on a regular basis to wholesale buyers, marketing organizations or at markets.
Tasks include -
(a) monitoring market activity and conditions, determining types and quantities of crops to be grown, and planning and coordinating production accordingly;
(b) preparing soil by hand or machine, and spreading fertilizers and manure;
(c) selecting and sowing seeds, and planting seedlings;
(d) maintaining crops by cultivating soil, by transplanting, pruning or thinning plants, and by setting up and operating irrigation equipment;
(e) controlling weeds, pests and diseases by applying herbicides and pesticides;
(f) harvesting crops and destroying diseased or superfluous crops;
(g) inspecting, cleaning, grading, packaging, storing and loading crops for sale or delivery to market;
(h) tending working animals and maintaining farm buildings, structures, equipment and water supply systems;
(i) storing and carrying out some processing of produce;
(j) promoting and marketing products, arranging the sale, purchase and transportation of produce and supplies and maintaining and evaluating records of farm activities and transactions;
(k) training and supervising workers in crop production, maintenance duties, and health and safety precautions, and hiring and discharging workers and contractors.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Cereal farmer
- Cotton farmer
- Potato farmer
- Rice farmer
- Skilled farm worker (field crops)
- Sugar-cane grower
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Agricultural production manager - 1311
- Crop farm labourer - 9211
Growers of vegetables using intensive cultivation techniques are classified in Unit Group 6113: Gardeners, Horticultural and Nursery Growers.

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