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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Forage Strategy Governance Group

With pastoral farming accounting for over $20 billion of New Zealand’s annual exports, forages are vitally important to New Zealand’s economy. The Fertiliser Association is part of the Pastoral Industry Forage Strategy steering group, which was established to provide a unified vision and investment strategy. The Group has created a 20-year vision plan (2016-2036).

Who’s involved?

  • Foundation for Arable Research
  • DairyNZ
  • AgResearch
  • New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association
  • Beef + Lamb
  • Ministry for Primary Industries

The vision

The 20-year vision of the National Forage Strategy is to ‘grow the sustainability and profitability of individual farmers and the long-term prosperity of New Zealand by increasing the value of forage grown on New Zealand farms’. At the core of this are sustainable and profitable forage-based grazed farm systems.


Forage Strategy – short summary

Pastoral Industry Forage discussion document

Forage Strategy Governance Group minutes – 2 February 2018

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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17 April 2019

Soil scientists have reached a new milestone, digitally mapping more than 8 million hectares of New Zealand soils.

17 April 2019

An innovative recycling project by AgRecovery could see agricultural waste transformed into new agricultural products - including the woven polypropylene bags that fertiliser is stored in.

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