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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Market Requirements

Given that most of New Zealand’s produce is exported, it is essential that land managers understand the requirements of their customers, locally and internationally. Environmental protection is important to many international markets and may also be used as a non-tariff trade barrier to restrict the import of New Zealand goods.

Internationally, the regulatory environment includes standards and restrictions that could pose threats to New Zealand’s primary producers. Using this Code should give international markets the assurance they require that there is an effective process in place for the management of soil nutrients.

Some specific QA schemes and programmes that land managers should be aware of are:

New Zealand GAP
GLOBALGAP
Global Food Safety Initiative

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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