Feeding the world’s growing population
New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.
The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.
This system seeks to ensure that soil cadmium remains within acceptable limits over the next 100 years and beyond.
Much like a financial budget, a nutrient budget tells you how much is coming in and how much is going out and to where. By using Overseer, you can see:
Overseer allows farmers and their advisers to test the potential impacts of different approaches before investing time or resources in big changes.
The tool is managed by Overseer Ltd, which was established as a not-for-profit organisation to administer the software. The company is jointly owned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AgResearch Limited.
The below diagram sets out the steps involved in preparing and using the nutrient management plan template.
A good NMP:
The Soil, Food & Society's online teaching tool 'The story of where our food comes from' is an open, educational resource for teachers and students in years 5-8. It promotes discussion around the role of primary industry as it explores three interconnected areas - plants are earth's engine; our food garden; and the chain in my lunchbox. Integrated with the New Zealand Curriculum, the resource offers teachers easy-to-teach lesson plans and provides students with opportunities to engage in scientific investigations and present their findings in a scientific way.
This project is funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries' Sustainable Farming Fund, The Fertiliser Quality Council, DairyNZ, Federated Farmers, Horticulture NZ, Core Education, House of Science, Ravensdown, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Irrigation New Zealand and NZ Young Farmers.