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Environmental Reporting Bill – Select Committee Hearings

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (FANZ) appeared at last week’s select committee hearings on the Environmental Reporting Bill. FANZ supported the purpose and general framework of the Bill.
Solicitor & Policy Manager Tracy Abbott said, “Rigorous environmental reporting is critical to New Zealand’s future and wellbeing. It is important that environmental reporting is politically independent and is not subject to political leverage by parties or special interest groups.

We are of the view that reporting should be robust enough to account for all environmental pressures, not just those that can be attributed to agriculture. FANZ sees the Environmental Reporting Bill as a golden opportunity to improve the standard of environmental reporting in New Zealand”.

FANZ’ submissions on the Environmental Reporting Bill made to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee are now available for download from our website: www.fertiliser.org.nz

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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 these companies are farmer owned co-operatives with some 45,000 farmer shareholders. FANZ member companies supply over 98% of all fertiliser used in New Zealand. This represents a $2 billion market share.

To promote good management practices, FANZ 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.

FANZ supports and encourages an environmentally responsible science-based approach to nutrient management and its regulation. FANZ member companies provide products that are critical to New Zealand farming systems along with research that supports both environmentally sustainable farming practices and government’s export growth agenda. FANZ 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

Contact: Tracy Abbott
Solicitor & Policy Manager
Fertiliser Association of New Zealand
58 Victoria Street
Wellington 6011
DDI: 64+4+437 6561
Cell Phone: 64+22 627 0981
Email: tracy@fertiliser.org.nz

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