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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Cadmium in New Zealand’s agriculture and food systems

Dragonfly Data Science – E. Abraham, J. Cavanagh, P. Wood, A. Pearson, P. Mladenov
Completed 2016


This paper provides a summary of data related to the management of cadmium in New Zealand’s agriculture and food systems. This includes: cadmium concentrations reported in phosphate fertilisers used in New Zealand since 2003, with a comparison to agreed voluntary limits; soil cadmium concentrations from soil samples collected by the fertiliser industry, regional councils and other researchers between 2006 and 2015 from across a broad range of land uses and soil types; trends in soil cadmium accumulation from the long-term flood irrigation fertiliser trials at Winchmore Research Station in Canterbury, New Zealand; and cadmium concentrations in food from the 2009 New Zealand Total Diet Study, with a comparison to international standards.

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The paper was presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, Fertilizer & Lime Research Centre’s 29th annual workshop: Integrated nutrient and water management for sustainable farming (Eds L. D. Currie and R. Singh, Occasional Report No. 29).

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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23 September 2020

New Phosphorus Use Guidance Note that clearly explains why we need to manage phosphorus losses and why we need to build on the international principles of the '4 Rs' for good management of nutrients.

9 September 2020

Through a comprehensive research programme -- Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) -- OverseerFM has been updated to include the diuretic response in animals as a result of consuming plantain.

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