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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Submissions

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

CAA Guidance – Farm airstrips and associated farm cartage, storage and application

15 July 2016

We provide comment on the Civil Agricultural Aviation Authority jettison rules, and application of industry standards and codes of practice.

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Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan

27 April 2016

We support many aspects of this plan. However, we are generally opposed to the Regional Council’s approach to nutrient management. We seek clarity on the application and representation of ‘Reference Files’, and support the proposed Nutrient Management Plan changes and use of Certified Nutrient Management Advisers.

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Next Steps Fresh Water

22 April 2016

This submission provides feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document for Freshwater Review. It calls for national consistency in terms and approach to water quality management. It also raises the importance of realistic timeframes and certainty for land users.

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Proposed Plan: Change 5 to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan

11 March 2016

This submission expresses the fertiliser industry’s opinion that the fertiliser proxy in the Farm Portal is fundamentally flawed. It advocates alternative methods for arriving at or describing Good Management Practice N loss values.

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The proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region

23 October 2015

This submission aims to ensure that the planning framework provides for agricultural activities, particularly nutrient management. It seeks clarity in definitions and some provisions, and a new Plan ‘Objective’ to provide for primary production land-use. We support the use of Nutrient Management Plans.

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Setting New Zealand's post-2020 climate change target

2 June 2015

This submission emphasises the need for a global response to address climate change. Funding and focus should be on targeting solutions which could be adopted internationally. It recognises New Zealand’s unique emissions profile amongst OECD countries and the need to transition cost-effectively to a low emissions economy.

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Priority Waste Streams for Product Stewardship Intervention discussion document

2 July 2014

This submission to the Ministry for the Environment opposes a mandatory product stewardship approach to agrichemicals and farm plastics unless a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis is carried out indicating a clear benefit from the introduction of mandatory controls.

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Oral submission on The Environmental Reporting Bill

8 May 2014

In our oral submission we explained why we see the Environmental Reporting Bill as a golden opportunity to improve the standard of environmental reporting in New Zealand. We made suggestions on how to achieve this.

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The Environmental Reporting Bill

17 April 2014

This submission outlines what the Fertiliser Association’s oral submission will cover.

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Proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Reform

1 February 2014

This submission to the Ministry for the Environment commends the objectives of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Reform. It provides critical responses to the Ministry’s questions about the proposed amendments.

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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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1 March 2024

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand recently updated its Fertiliser Use on New Zealand Dairy Farms booklet to ensure farmers get the best value from fertiliser applied and to align the advice with the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Nutrient Management.

28 June 2023

Dairy farmers milking cows on a farm area of more than 20 hectares are required to record synthetic nitrogen use on their dairy platform land, including a zero-kg record if no synthetic nitrogen is used. The regulations require data to be submitted by 31 July each year for the preceding year ended 30 June. 

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