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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Step 5: Implement plan

Having planned for success, the plan must be communicated and implemented. Putting it into action includes making sure that all people involved (e.g. staff and/or contractors) understand the plan and can do their part.

For example, if there are areas to avoid when spreading fertiliser, then these need to be understood by staff or contractors doing the work. Good communication, staff training, and contractor certification all have roles in successful plan implementation.

Changes may have to be made for practical reasons – e.g. if a chosen fertiliser is not available or conditions are not suitable for application (e.g. weather and soil conditions) at the desired time. Keep a note of these changes alongside the NMP, with comments about the reasons and any further implications (e.g. changes to other fertiliser applications to achieve the correct overall nutrient applications, changes to the next fertiliser application timing, etc.).


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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23 September 2020

New Phosphorus Use Guidance Note that clearly explains why we need to manage phosphorus losses and why we need to build on the international principles of the '4 Rs' for good management of nutrients.

9 September 2020

Through a comprehensive research programme -- Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) -- OverseerFM has been updated to include the diuretic response in animals as a result of consuming plantain.

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