Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Submissions

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand regularly makes submissions on issues related to the fertiliser industry.

Zero Carbon Bill

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.

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Feedback on Draft Ruamahanga Whaitua Implementation Programme

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.

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Draft Report on Low-Emissions Economy

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.

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Future Tax

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.

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Proposed amendments ACVM Exemptions and Prohibited Substances Regulation

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.

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Productivity Commission – Issue Paper

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.

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Clean Water Consultation Document

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.

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Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land

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.

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Submission on Proposed Waikato Regional Plan: Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa Catchments

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.

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Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan

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.

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Proposed Southland Water and Land 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.

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CAA Guidance – Farm airstrips and associated farm cartage, storage and application

15 July 2016

We provide comment on the Civil Agricultural Aviation Authority jettison rules, and application of industry standards and codes of practice.

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Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan

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.

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Next Steps Fresh Water

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.

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Submission on Proposed Plan: Change 5 to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan

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.

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The proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region

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.

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Setting New Zealand's post-2020 climate change target

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.

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Priority Waste Streams for Product Stewardship Intervention discussion document

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.

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Oral submission on The Environmental Reporting Bill

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.

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The Environmental Reporting Bill

17 April 2014

This submission outlines what the Fertiliser Association’s oral submission will cover.

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Proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Reform

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.

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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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8 August 2018

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand has signed a 30-year lease with AgResearch to ensure the long-term fertiliser research trials at Winchmore Research Station in Canterbury continue.

9 July 2018

Significant reductions to nitrogen (N) leaching can be achieved by changing irrigation management practices, and new research has demonstrated just how big those benefits can be.

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