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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Long-term fertiliser and grazing study at Ballantrae research farm

AgResearch – Alec Mackay
Completed 2017


It has been 10 years since soil fertility and 20 years since pasture production has been measured and reported for the AgResearch Ballantrae long-term phosphorus fertiliser and sheep grazing study.

This report covers the measurement of pasture production and composition on the farmlets which received:

a) no fertiliser since 1980
b) 125 kg single superphosphate/ha/year
c) 375 kg SSP/ha/year.

A comparison of the pasture growth rates across the three farmlets in 2015-16 with the same sites back in 1982-88 produced some predictable but also some surprising results

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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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