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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30 September 2021

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

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.

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