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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5 February 2020

FANZ commissioned a study to update the estimates of the average carbon footprint of a range of fertilisers used in New Zealand by Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown. This was based on local production and importation data for 2018/19.

15 January 2020

FANZ has commissioned this study to analyse the value of nitrogenous fertilisers to the primary sector, both at the farm gate and to the wider New Zealand economy.

27 November 2019

There has been recent public discussion about the importation of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. We have prepared some FAQs to outline our industry position.

28 August 2019

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, as part of promoting best management practices in the agricultural industry, is encouraging farmers and growers to routinely monitor soil cadmium levels across New Zealand agricultural land.

28 August 2019

Climate change is a global challenge which must be addressed by all nations. It is essential that we act to support the efficient and responsible use of natural resources. The Zero Carbon Amendment Bill will provide a much-welcomed framework for emissions reductions. However, what sits under the legislation will be critical.

28 August 2019

A review commissioned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand seeks to understand how much nitrous oxide and ammonia is typically emitted from ammonium-based nitrogen fertilisers - and whether New Zealand's emission factors for these gases are appropriate.

28 August 2019

When phosphate fertiliser is managed well, recently applied fertiliser generally comprises less than 10% of total phosphorus losses to the environment, a recent review has revealed.

7 June 2019

We have received questions recently about whether it is appropriate to apply phosphate (P) fertiliser during the winter months. As a result, the Fertiliser Association has produced an advisory with good management practice principles.

17 April 2019

Soil scientists have reached a new milestone, digitally mapping more than 8 million hectares of New Zealand soils.

17 April 2019

An innovative recycling project by AgRecovery could see agricultural waste transformed into new agricultural products - including the woven polypropylene bags that fertiliser is stored in.

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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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6 July 2022

The British Society of Soil Science has published a research article in the Soil Use and Management Journal detailing the latest analysed data from the long-running Winchmore Fertiliser Trial in Canterbury.

The paper was written by Driss Touhami of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University. Touhami is also a member of the AgrioBioSciences Program, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Guerir, Morocco.

The paper, titled "Effects of long-term phosphorus fertilizer inputs and seasonal conditions on organic soil phosphorus cycling under grazed pasture", was co-authored by Leo Condron Richard McDowell and Ray Moss.  The report can be viewed here.

Read more about the long-running Winchmore trial on the FANZ website here.


25 January 2022

Final-year Lincoln University PhD candidate Kirstin Deuss is the 2021 recipient of the NZ Society of Soil Science/Fertiliser Association of NZ Postgraduate Bursary Award.

The award recognises the efforts and present (or likely) contribution to New Zealand soil science arising from a doctorate study. It carries a $5,000 one-year stipend.

Kirstin holds a BSC in Biomedical Science from Victoria University of Wellington and an MSC in Horticultural Science from the Technical University of Munich, Free University of Bozen (Italy) and the University of Bologna.

Her postgraduate research has seen her lead a long-term field study on soil and catchment hydrology in Southland. The findings will help understand the role mole and tile drains play in Southland’s unique landscape.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected as the recipient of the NZSSS Fertiliser Association Postgraduate Bursary, it is an honour that I will cherish for the rest of my career,” says Kirstin. “I love working with soils and my career objective is to apply my field, research and management skills towards supporting the sustainable management of New Zealand’s soil resources.”

“My PhD has been challenging but also so rewarding, and this award is a real confidence boost as I prepare to start my new career at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in February. I wouldn't be where I am without the support of my many great mentors, friends and colleagues, who have given me so much of their time and energy to help turn ideas into reality and put it all into the written word!

 “It's truly been the best experience of my life and I am really looking forward to where it is going to take me.”

 Kirstin was nominated by Peter Almond, Associate Professor, Department of Soil and Physical Sciences at Lincoln University. He described her to the judging panel as a “highly adept scientist capable of complex quantitative analysis of soil-hydrological systems”.

“I think she is a deserving recipient.  The prestige of the award would further her goal of securing a position working professionally in soil science in New Zealand so that she can contribute to environmental sustainability of our primary industries.”

Fertiliser Association chief executive Vera Power described Kirstin’s research as “hugely important”.

“The more we can understand what’s happening in our soils and catchments, the better placed our primary sector will be to improve farm management, all while protecting the environment.”  

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