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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Industry News

12 December 2018

A report on whether Overseer is suitable for use in regulation to help clean up Aotearoa New Zealand's rivers and lakes has been released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton.

25 October 2018

There was wide representation from across the sector at the launch of the Pastoral Industry Forage Strategy 2018-2036 in October.

24 October 2018

Overseer Limited has released an independent report on the actual and potential use of Overseer in water quality management.

11 July 2018

Research funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Sustainable Farming Fund, is obtaining data on the amount of nitrogen leaching under lucerne, grazed by stock on a representative site in the Lake Taupo catchment.

5 June 2018

The Good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality was launched by Ministers David Parker and Damien O’Connor in the Waikato on 5 June.

25 May 2018

With pastoral farming accounting for over $20 billion of New Zealand’s annual exports, forages are vitally important to New Zealand’s economy. The Fertiliser Association is part of the Pastoral Industry Forage Strategy steering group, which was established to provide a unified vision and investment strategy. 

28 April 2018

The fertiliser industry in New Zealand purchases phosphate rock from a range of countries including Western Sahara. Western Sahara is the subject of a long-standing territorial dispute.

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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