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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How To Use The Code

This Code is arranged to:

  • set the scene for adopting nutrient management planning, explaining the background to this process and the key concepts involved (Setting the Scene)
  • explain how this Code’s approach assists land managers to manage nutrients in farm production systems (Guiding Principles)
  • give detailed instructions on preparing a nutrient management plan for arable, pastoral, horticultural and forestry production (Nutrient Management Planning)
  • provide best management practices to manage environmental risks from nutrient management activities (Best Management Practices and Considerations – fertiliser)
  • provide more detailed explanations of technical or legal topics (Appendix 1)

Refer to definitions for any unknown terms.

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To get the most out of the nutrient management planning template:

  • First write a management plan – follow the template
  • Implement the plan and keep records
  • Monitor the results
  • Use the results to review progress and decide on any plan revisions

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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28 May 2020

Congratulations to Lincoln University PhD student Daniel Martin-Hendrie, who has completed his PhD research investigating phosphorus and sulphur availability in relation to soil acidity and aluminium toxicity across the South Island high country.

16 April 2020

The Fertiliser Association has produced a fact sheet on the latest government data and modelling on fertiliser use, which indicates it has been plateauing over the last few years and projections indicating that use will actually decline.

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