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 Fertiliser Association of New Zealand regularly makes submissions on issues related to the fertiliser industry.

Action on agricultural emissions

14 August 2019

The feedback in this submission to the Ministry for the Environment considers the factors that are critical for New Zealand to successfully meet our commitments to the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a manner that does not threaten food production. If adopted globally, New Zealand's leadership, working in partnership with the primary sector to achieve sustainable, low emissions food production, could achieve a significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.


Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

31 July 2019

We support establishing an independent Climate Change Commission and provide suggestions for the selection of members. We also advocate a split-gasses approach, including offsets for short term gases, to achieve net zero emissions. This submission provides suggestions for transitioning successfully to a low emissions economy, while providing for certainty and consistency to allow for business investment and development.


Draft National Planning Standards

21 August 2018

While we support an approach to achieve national consistency in Planning Standards, we are opposed to the proposed definition of fertiliser in this document. We see this definition as too broad, and suggest some revised wording.


Zero Carbon Bill

19 July 2018

We seek a firm climate change target, enabling transition and business certainty – and permitting use of international credits. We support achieving net zero emissions for long-lived gases and stabilising emissions for short-lived gases by 2050, while maintaining social and economic well-being. We recommend provision for ‘intensity’ based measures (emissions per unit production) and the flexible review of emissions budgets.


Feedback on Draft Ruamahanga Whaitua Implementation Programme

11 July 2018

We support this plan’s overall approach and recommendations but suggest changes regarding nutrient management. This includes opposition to the control on choice of land use, avoiding recommending what constitutes appropriate allocation approaches in 10 years and amending the proposed activity status where there is an increase in farm system contaminant losses.


Draft Report on Low-Emissions Economy

8 June 2018

The feedback in this submission to the New Zealand Productivity Commission focusses mostly on the findings and recommendations relating to agricultural emissions. In particular, it provides feedback on the chapters about emissions pricing, short- and long-lived gases, and land use.


Future Tax

30 April 2018

This submission considers the issues and implications of implementing an environmentally-focussed tax. It provides a rationale for why a nationally applied tax system to achieve environmental outcomes is likely to be inefficient and ineffective for the management of farm nutrient losses.


Proposed amendments ACVM Exemptions and Prohibited Substances Regulation

19 October 2017

We support the general intent of the proposed changes but caution that adequate resourcing and monitoring will be required by the regulator. Clear definitions and criteria are needed to support a risk-based approach, with appropriate protections for the primary industry when using agricultural compounds.


Productivity Commission – Issue Paper

2 October 2017

We consider that a long-term approach and several mechanisms will be required for achieving a low-emission economy. This paper discusses New Zealand’s potential contribution to reducing GHG emissions, in a global context. It discusses efficiency in production for food security, protecting trade-exposed industries and driving behaviour change.


Clean Water Consultation Document

28 April 2017

We recognise the need to manage land use activities to maintain or improve water quality. Final outcomes for freshwater values and attribute states must consider costs and challenges involved. This includes recognising the social, economic and cultural effects on the local community. We support a thorough pan-sector consultation and nationally consistent collaborative approach.



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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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