Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Fertiliser spills

Fertiliser spilled during transport, storage and handling can have significant adverse environmental effects. The Resource Management Act states that every person has a duty to avoid, remedy or mitigate such adverse effects on the environment.

In the event of any spillage of fertiliser products, the driver must take immediate steps to prevent any further loss, risk to other people and/or any contamination of land or waterways. The driver must:

  • Notify the appropriate authority (call 111) if there is a large spill
  • Minimise any hazard to other road users
  • Ensure that no residual product remains that could pose any immediate or future threat to the environment.

Note: At the earliest opportunity, the regional authority must be advised of any spillage risks to waterways, ponds, lakes or ground water.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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8 October 2018

New Zealand's agricultural industry is increasingly considering the challenges and opportunities of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


5 September 2018

From having an internationally acclaimed research method named after him to running a highly successful research centre, Professor Mike Hedley can look back on his 40-year academic career with a huge sense of achievement.

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