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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Importance of phosphorus

Phosphorus is bound tightly to mineral components in the soils and is also contained in soil organic matter. This means that only a fraction of phosphorus in soil is actually available for plant uptake.

Phosphorus is removed from the farm system in crops or animal products. This needs to be replaced by application of additional phosphate fertiliser. Just like a bank account, the pool of nutrients in the farm system will support regular withdrawal for a while, but eventually the reserves become so low that the pool of nutrients (in this case phosphorus) needs to be topped up.


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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5 July 2021

Fertiliser co-operatives are determined to assist their farmer owners with reducing their environmental impact.

9 June 2021

From 1 July 2021, the Government's new regulations for the application of nitrogen fertiliser to pastoral land, will come into effect. Here's what you need to know.

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