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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Best Management Practices And Considerations - Fertiliser

This chapter describes 'best management practices' (BMPs) for land managers applying nutrients - i.e. practices recommended for practical use to reduce the risks of adverse environmental effects and gain maximum benefits from nutrients applied.

These practices:

  • combine the practical experience of land users with scientific development,
  • provide generic recommendations that can be adapted to suit local conditions,
  • may require changes to the way some nutrient management activities are carried out, and
  • provide the means for continuous improvement in nutrient management on the property.

Be very careful when adapting BMPs to suit a particular situation. Changes must be based on good scientific evidence for the alterations, not just a return to 'what we've always done'. It is essential that you can justify why you have made the alterations to the listed best practices.

This chapter is divided into three sections, dealing with

  1. Fertiliser Handling
  2. Fertiliser Use - including choice of fertiliser type, application rate, timing
  3. Fertiliser Application - the mechanics of applying nutrient

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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25 November 2020

Two PhD students who have been supported by the Association, have published information on their research. The first measures the impact of phosphate fertiliser derived fluorine on soil microbiology and white clover. The second analyses the effect of soil cadmium on root organic acid secretion by forage crops.


18 November 2020

The Fertiliser Association is delighted to be providing funding for two new agriculture short courses at Massey University. These courses have been created to fill demand for agriculture experts as a result of the government's mandate on freshwater plans.

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