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 Use

It is the fertiliser user’s responsibility to ensure they have adequate information about any fertiliser product they intend to use and the potential risks its use may pose to the environment. Fertiliser companies have safety data sheets available.

Information required for good understanding of potential environmental risks arising from the use of any fertiliser product includes:

  • name of the fertiliser material
  • nutrient content (including N, P, K, S, Mg proportions)
  • physical characteristics (e.g. liquid, solid, particle size range, blended/compound)
  • particular hazards associated with the product – e.g. chemical compatibility (also with reference to storage requirements), hygroscopic characteristics, solubility and dust.

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 August 2018

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand has signed a 30-year lease with AgResearch to ensure the long-term fertiliser research trials at Winchmore Research Station in Canterbury continue.

9 July 2018

Significant reductions to nitrogen (N) leaching can be achieved by changing irrigation management practices, and new research has demonstrated just how big those benefits can be.

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