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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Checking Best Management Practices

This Code can be used to check that best management practices for nutrient budgeting and nutrient management planning are being followed. Requirements for each process may be set by a Regional Council. 

For example, where fertiliser application over a certain level requires a nutrient budget and/or nutrient management plan to be undertaken.

This Code assists land managers, alone or with the help of a fertiliser consultant, to follow the steps that may be required by a Regional Council in a specific situation.

Requirements may include:

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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2 April 2020

The project objective was to use lysimeters to quantify nitrogen leaching due to livestock urine from autumn-grazed lucerne or ryegrass/clover pasture.

11 February 2020

You can now find a revised version of the TFMS under the 'Tools' section of our website.

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