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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24 November 2021

FANZ has made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Te hau mārohi ki anamata - Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future

The primary sector has a key role to play in helping achieve global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining food security. This requires low-emission production systems, with increased efficiencies and the use of new mitigation technologies. 

Investment in the development and adoption of new technologies requires a clear regulatory pathway to market. We will need to work internationally with trading nations and also locally with existing qualified networks within the agricultural community for the extension and adoption of new mitigations.  

You can read our submission in full here.


30 September 2021

We recently submitted evidence to the Environment Select Committee on proposals to ban nitrogen fertiliser.

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