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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Choice of fertiliser product

There are a vast range of fertiliser products in the marketplace. Fertilisers chosen should be Fertmark registered, appropriate for use in New Zealand and meet production needs without unacceptable environmental effects.

Aim to select fertilisers that best meet identified nutrient needs while minimising environmental risks.

The suitability of a product is determined by:

  • product specification (which nutrients are present, their concentration and mobility)
  • the form or chemical species of the nutrients in the product (i.e. liquid, fluid suspension, solid, physical or chemical mixture)
  • particle size (including droplet size for liquid fertilisers) and other physical properties
  • solubility or release rate of the product and nutrient availability to plants
  • any effects on other products (e.g. can it be blended or tank mixed?) or equipment (e.g. is it corrosive?)
  • impurities which may be present in the product
  • application and handling equipment required
  • spreading characteristics
  • required application rate to meet nutrient requirement
  • cost
  • Fertmark registration.

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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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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