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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Objectives

This Code of Practice for Nutrient Management provides a framework for the overall management of nutrients on arable and pastoral farms, horticulture and viticulture blocks, market gardens and forest plantations, and places special emphasis on the use of manufactured fertilisers. 

In particular the Code aims to ensure that such fertilisers are used safely, responsibly and effectively, while avoiding or minimising adverse environmental effects.

The Code's objectives are:

  • to provide a simple yet effective process for nutrient management
  • to promote practices that ensure sustainable and economically viable use of fertiliser
  • to provide users with information on sustainable nutrient management
  • to help support business owners (farmers and growers) to achieve their production and environmental goals for nutrient management

Use of the Code will give users, regulatory authorities and markets the assurance they require that the nutrients used in New Zealand primary production are well managed to avoid or minimise adverse environmental impacts.

 

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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17 December 2018

As the proposed Zero Carbon Bill gains momentum, Chief Executive Vera Power contemplates what this will mean for the agricultural sector.

17 December 2018

An opinion piece by Executive Manager Greg Sneath on the potential taxing of fertiliser and what that might mean.

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