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: