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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The Value of Nitrogen Fertiliser to the New Zealand Economy

Phil Journeaux (lead author), John Wilton, Leander Archer, Stuart Ford and Gary McDonald

November 2019

Introduction

Nitrogen fertiliser is an integral component of farming systems within New Zealand, as it is around the world. It significantly aids the economic viability of many of those systems. As a result, usage of nitrogenous fertilisers has been increasing over recent decades.

This study, commissioned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, analyses the costs to the primary sector both at the farm gate and to the wider New Zealand economy, associated with removing nitrogen fertiliser or using a substitute. For pastoral farms this includes use of supplementary feed.

The graphic below provides a summary of the key findings from the report.


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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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2 April 2020

The project objective was to use lysimeters to quantify nitrogen leaching due to livestock urine from autumn-grazed lucerne or ryegrass/clover pasture.

11 February 2020

You can now find a revised version of the TFMS under the 'Tools' section of our website.

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