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5 February 2014

THE FERTILISER ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND APPLAUDS THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO FRESHWATER REFORM

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (the Association) has released its submission to the Ministry for the Environment on the proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011.

“The Fertiliser Association supports environmentally responsible, scientifically-based nutrient management and we applaud the government’s commitment to a nationally consistent approach that allows regional councils to manage water quality in an integrated and sustainable way,” said Dr Philip Mladenov, Chief Executive of the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand.

“The government has gone a long way toward correctly identifying the problems currently associated with implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and providing an approach to the monitoring of progress towards freshwater objectives.”

“The fertiliser industry has a unique position in discussions about water management because it is influential right across the agricultural sector. The Association’s member companies supply products that are essential to nearly all New Zealand farming systems. We also provide research, decision support tools and training and certification programmes that support both environmentally sustainable farming practices and the government’s export growth agenda.”

“The Association looks forward to a complete package of legislative reforms and amendments to the National Policy Statement, as well as to further guidance on cost benefit analysis and collaborative processes that will lend clarity to this important endeavour.”

The Association’s submission to the Ministry for the Environment on the proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 is available on its website at www.fertiliser.org.nz

ENDS

Background

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand is a trade association representing the New Zealand manufacturers of superphosphate and nitrogen fertilisers. The Association has two member companies – Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd and Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative Ltd. Both of these companies are farmer owned co-operatives with some 45,000 farmer shareholders. The Association’s member companies supply over 98 per cent of all fertiliser used in New Zealand. This represents a $2 billion market share.

To promote good management practices, the Association and its member companies develop training programmes, codes of practice and industry information fact sheets. They fund research, partner with government on research and development projects and work closely with other organisations in the agricultural sector on industry-good issues. Industry research and development spending exceeds $16 million per annum, this includes funding for the OVERSEER® nutrient management tool.

The Association supports and encourages an environmentally responsible science-based approach to nutrient management and its regulation. The Association’s member companies provide products that are critical to New Zealand farming systems along with research that supports both environmentally sustainable farming practices and the government’s export growth agenda. The Association is influential across all agricultural sectors, including dairy, sheep, beef, arable and horticulture.

More information about the Association can be found on the website at www.fertiliser.org.nz

Further information

Dr Philip Mladenov

Chief Executive

Fertiliser Association of New Zealand

 

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Amanda Duncan

Network Communication

04 460 6616 or 021 487 954

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