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 Fertiliser Association of New Zealand regularly makes submissions on issues related to the fertiliser industry.

Draft ACVM Notice

9 July 2022


Fertiliser Association of New Zealand submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the Draft Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Notice.  We were generally supportive of the proposal for improved clarity on requirements but outlined some concerns.  Our submission focused on fertilisers rather than soil conditioners or biostimulants.


Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand

30 March 2022

We submitted to Taumata Arowai, the new water services regulator for Aotearoa New Zealand, on Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand (Draft) 20 December 2021. Our submission exclusively addressed the Drinking Water Standard for nitrate.


Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future

29 November 2021

Fertiliser Association of New Zealand submitted to the Ministry for the Environment on Te hau mārohi ki anamata - Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future.  Submissions will help to shape the Ministry's emissions reduction plan.


Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations

1 November 2021

We submitted to the Ministry for the Environment on its Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations Discussion Document.  Our submission called for clear long-term direction in regulation for freshwater management to ensure confidence in business investment for both production and environmental targets.  


FANZ Submission to Environment Select Committee on Greenpeace Petition

6 October 2021

We submitted evidence to the Environment Select Committee on proposals to ban nitrogen fertiliser. Our submission outlines the importance and role that nitrogen fertiliser plays in food production in New Zealand.


FANZ submission on Exposure Draft Natural Built Environments Bill

4 August 2021

FANZ has made a submission on the Exposure Draft Natural and Built Environments Bill to the New Zealand Parliament Environment Committee.


FANZ Submission on Climate Change Commission Draft Advice

31 March 2021

FANZ has provided a submission on the the Climate Change Commission's draft advice to government. We support the overall approach they have taken and valued the opportunity to scrutinise the data behind the Climate Change Commission's analysis. Our submission focuses on the policies to support emissions reductions from the agricultural sector, as this is the area in which we consider that we can make the most contribution.


Regulation of Inhibitors used in Agriculture

25 June 2020

Many New Zealand farmers are looking for ways to reduce their nutrient losses and greenhouse gas emissions. A range of new and also well-established inhibitor products provide very significant environmental benefits. Therefore, their use and application is expected to increase. However, the inhibitor products are not well defined in the legislation, which applies to agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines. The review of inhibitors was supported, including amending the regulatory oversight of inhibitors so that the primary sector is better able to confidently, safely and effectively use existing and new inhibitors to mitigate environmental, sustainability and climate change issues. Declaring 'Inhibitors' as agricultural compounds is favoured and a modified version of the proposed definition is presented. There is support for a managed transition for existing products plus adequate resourcing to support registration of new products within the proposed legislation.


Reforming the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme Proposed Settings

11 March 2020

FANZ has submitted a submission to the Ministry for the Environment, with feedback on Section 2 of the 'Reforming the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: Proposed settings - Consultation document'. We continue to support development of a predictable transition pathway for reducing carbon emissions for New Zealand agriculture. We also believe that the reduction in emissions will be dependent on policy development and implementation programmes, which drive the adoption of additional mitigations.


Climate Change Response Emissions Trading Reform Amendment Bill Submission

22 January 2020

FANZ has released its submission on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill. We continue to support development of a predictable transition pathway for reducing carbon emissions for NZ agriculture. Farmers and growers should have choice about the most effective way of managing emissions on their land and we continue to support farm scale accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, including nitrogen fertiliser.



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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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3 July 2024

An interest in farm sustainability and sustainable fertiliser management was the key driver behind Massey University student Theané de Klerk’s decision to focus her Master’s degree on New Zealand’s agricultural phosphorus budget. Theané is one of three students that the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand is currently supporting.

26 June 2024

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand have updated our Fertiliser Use on New Zealand Sheep and Beef Farms booklet.

The booklet provides clear and concise information on key aspects of soil fertility and nutrient management for productive drystock farming. 

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