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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The term ‘sustainability’ implies the ability to keep doing a particular activity indefinitely, without unacceptable impact on people, land or other natural resources. This Code recognises three key principles of sustainability that can be summarised as:

  • environmental issues
    Environmentally sustainable land use practices must manage any potential adverse effects to avoid unacceptable degradation of land, air and water resources. Ideal management practices will enhance resources and boost productive potential.
  • financial issues
    Sustainable farming keeps management activities economically viable and holds any variation in profit (and the risk of poor returns) to an acceptable level.
  • social issues
    Production practices must be acceptable to local communities and to final product markets.

Assessing sustainability is a balancing act that compares impacts across these three areas. Sustainable nutrient management helps avoid serious adverse effects on the environment while achieving economically viable levels of production, profit and risk, both nationally and on individual farms.


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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