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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Certification programme

Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme

The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP) is an industry-wide certification programme targeted at those who provide nutrient management advice to New Zealand farmers.

NMACP aims to ensure farmers receive nutrient management advice of the highest standard. Relevant qualifications and experience are essential. Once certified, advisers need to undertake continuing professional development each year.

The Programme has been running since 2013 and is funded by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and DairyNZ. The Management Board is represented by DairyNZ, the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and AgFirst.

Standard Setting Group includes technical representatives from the Foundation Arable Research, Lincoln and Massey Universities, Canterbury and Waikato Regional Councils, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Ravensdown and AgFirst.

Administrative support is provided by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand.

Greenhouse Gas Rural Professional Certification

NMACP has introduced a certification endorsement for greenhouse gases. This will be available to Certified Nutrient Management Advisers who complete Massey University's three-day course 'An introduction to New Zealand's Agricultural Green House Gas Emissions and Management'. Course content includes the latest in greenhouse gas mitigation policy and research for pastoral and arable farming.

The endorsement was established with financial support from DairyNZ.

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NMACP Annual Reports

NMACP Annual Report 2020/2021

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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11 August 2021

Creating tools to assist farmers to make the right choice on nutrient management is a long and sometimes expensive process. The Fertiliser Association is committed to a journey of enabling New Zealand farmers to meet their goals for profitability and heightened environmental responsibility.

5 July 2021

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

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