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

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


A Sustainable Farming Fund Project

Completed 2012


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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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25 June 2020

Congratulations to Massey University PhD student, Gere Thangavelautham, who has completed his PhD research investigating the 'Impact of phosphate fertiliser derived fluorine on soil microbiology and white clover'.

24 June 2020

The Cadmium Management Group (CMG) representing regional councils, primary sector groups and central government, is convened by the Ministry for Primary Industries to manage cadmium in agriculture. A refreshed Cadmium Management Strategy has been published with the CMG's statement of how and why cadmium will be managed going forward.

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