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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.
19 July 2018
We seek a firm climate change target, enabling transition and business certainty – and permitting use of international credits. We support achieving net zero emissions for long-lived gases and stabilising emissions for short-lived gases by 2050, while maintaining social and economic well-being. We recommend provision for ‘intensity’ based measures (emissions per unit production) and the flexible review of emissions budgets.
11 July 2018
We support this plan’s overall approach and recommendations but suggest changes regarding nutrient management. This includes opposition to the control on choice of land use, avoiding recommending what constitutes appropriate allocation approaches in 10 years and amending the proposed activity status where there is an increase in farm system contaminant losses.
8 June 2018
The feedback in this submission to the New Zealand Productivity Commission focusses mostly on the findings and recommendations relating to agricultural emissions. In particular, it provides feedback on the chapters about emissions pricing, short- and long-lived gases, and land use.
30 April 2018
This submission considers the issues and implications of implementing an environmentally-focussed tax. It provides a rationale for why a nationally applied tax system to achieve environmental outcomes is likely to be inefficient and ineffective for the management of farm nutrient losses.
19 October 2017
We support the general intent of the proposed changes but caution that adequate resourcing and monitoring will be required by the regulator. Clear definitions and criteria are needed to support a risk-based approach, with appropriate protections for the primary industry when using agricultural compounds.
2 October 2017
We consider that a long-term approach and several mechanisms will be required for achieving a low-emission economy. This paper discusses New Zealand’s potential contribution to reducing GHG emissions, in a global context. It discusses efficiency in production for food security, protecting trade-exposed industries and driving behaviour change.
28 April 2017
We recognise the need to manage land use activities to maintain or improve water quality. Final outcomes for freshwater values and attribute states must consider costs and challenges involved. This includes recognising the social, economic and cultural effects on the local community. We support a thorough pan-sector consultation and nationally consistent collaborative approach.
31 March 2017
This submission seeks a narrowing of the list of raw organic materials which are suitable for having notable fertilising and soil conditioning properties. It questions the use of nitrogen application limits as the primary land application control.
8 March 2017
This submission provides feedback on the proposed plan to reduce the amount of contaminants entering into the Waikato and Waipā catchments. We support a collaborative approach, on a catchment basis, staged over realistic timeframes to allow for transition and development of capability. We also seek national consistency in programmes.
1 September 2016
The Marlborough Environment Plan sets controls on land use and development. We support the overall intent of the Plan. However, we advocate using and applying Farm Environment Plans and industry agreed Good Management Practice to achieve the objectives of the plan.
1 August 2016
This submission examines the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan, which is aimed at enabling the sustainable use and development of natural resources. We support its overall intent, but seek simplification of some of the farming rules, and clarification of terms and definitions.
15 July 2016
We provide comment on the Civil Agricultural Aviation Authority jettison rules, and application of industry standards and codes of practice.
27 April 2016
We support many aspects of this plan. However, we are generally opposed to the Regional Council’s approach to nutrient management. We seek clarity on the application and representation of ‘Reference Files’, and support the proposed Nutrient Management Plan changes and use of Certified Nutrient Management Advisers.
22 April 2016
This submission provides feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document for Freshwater Review. It calls for national consistency in terms and approach to water quality management. It also raises the importance of realistic timeframes and certainty for land users.
11 March 2016
This submission expresses the fertiliser industry’s opinion that the fertiliser proxy in the Farm Portal is fundamentally flawed. It advocates alternative methods for arriving at or describing Good Management Practice N loss values.
23 October 2015
This submission aims to ensure that the planning framework provides for agricultural activities, particularly nutrient management. It seeks clarity in definitions and some provisions, and a new Plan ‘Objective’ to provide for primary production land-use. We support the use of Nutrient Management Plans.
2 June 2015
This submission emphasises the need for a global response to address climate change. Funding and focus should be on targeting solutions which could be adopted internationally. It recognises New Zealand’s unique emissions profile amongst OECD countries and the need to transition cost-effectively to a low emissions economy.
2 July 2014
This submission to the Ministry for the Environment opposes a mandatory product stewardship approach to agrichemicals and farm plastics unless a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis is carried out indicating a clear benefit from the introduction of mandatory controls.
8 May 2014
In our oral submission we explained why we see the Environmental Reporting Bill as a golden opportunity to improve the standard of environmental reporting in New Zealand. We made suggestions on how to achieve this.
17 April 2014
This submission outlines what the Fertiliser Association’s oral submission will cover.
1 February 2014
This submission to the Ministry for the Environment commends the objectives of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Reform. It provides critical responses to the Ministry’s questions about the proposed amendments.