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.
The RMA is given effect through regional and district plans – e.g. regional air quality plans, water quality plans and land (soil) management plans. In particular, Regional Councils have responsibility for controlling discharges to land, water, and air. This has implications for fertiliser handling and use, as well as overall loss of nutrients from land use activities.
Nutrient management activities often include fertiliser use and the disposal of animal waste products. It is important to realise that nutrient management activities that are classed as ‘permitted activities’ (i.e. that can be practiced without resource consent so long as management complies with certain conditions) in one region may have different conditions imposed or even require resource consent in another. It is up to each landowner or manager to make sure they know their regional plan requirements and meet these.
Some Regional Council rules many list fertiliser use applied in accordance with this Code as a permitted activity, but they may also list other permitted activity conditions that the land owner or manager will need to be aware of.