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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Research

Ongoing scientific research is critical to New Zealand agriculture. The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand allocates more than one million dollars annually for research. Areas of focus include environmental mitigation, precision agriculture, management tools, data collection and reporting, managing contaminants and agronomic performance.

We aim to:

  • facilitate major beneficial changes in nutrient management practices
  • drive significant innovation in systems and tools for nutrient management
  • deliver direct benefits for farmers – financial, environmental and technological.

As well as funding research, we develop New Zealand capability by supporting PhD research on nutrient management. We also support Overseer, an agricultural management tool that encourages better decision making.

Research Projects

Landcare – Col Gray
Completed March 2017


C. J. Hoogendoorn, M. G. Lambert, B. P. Davantier, P. W. Theobald, Z. A. Park
Completed 2017

Dragonfly Data Science – E. Abraham, J. Cavanagh, P. Wood, A. Pearson, P. Mladenov
Completed 2016


Jo Cavanagh – Landcare Research
Completed May 2014

Jo Cavanagh – Landcare Research
Completed May 2014

PhD Enterprise Scholarship – Ina Draganova
Completed June 2013

AgResearch (Grasslands, Palmerston North) – Frank Li and K Betteridge

Concluded June 2013


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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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28 August 2019

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, as part of promoting best management practices in the agricultural industry, is encouraging farmers and growers to routinely monitor soil cadmium levels across New Zealand agricultural land.

28 August 2019

Climate change is a global challenge which must be addressed by all nations. It is essential that we act to support the efficient and responsible use of natural resources. The Zero Carbon Amendment Bill will provide a much-welcomed framework for emissions reductions. However, what sits under the legislation will be critical.

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