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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Lake Taupo Protection Trust

Supporting research with MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund


Each farm in the Taupo Lake Care (TLC) region has a nitrogen (N) discharge allowance that potentially renders many current farming systems uneconomic. To assist farmers in the region, the Lake Taupo Protection Trust (LTPT) has initiated a research programme to provide data for evaluating and enabling a shift to a potentially low N-leaching farming system, which will assist farmers maintain a profitable enterprise while meeting their nitrogen discharge allowance. The SFF project will expand the LTPT programme by:

  1. Extending the current Lake Taupo Protection Trust funded N-leaching under lucerne trial for a further two years to obtain robust scientific parameters for the Overseer model (used to calculate farm nitrogen discharges)
  2. Providing robust data on N-leaching under cut-and-carry lucerne to the Overseer committee to fill a critical data gap
  3. Communicating environmental results from the Lucerne trial to farmers in the catchment.

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The Sustainable Farming Fund Project Summary and updates can be accessed at the Sustainable Farming Fund Portal – search for Grant Number 404960.

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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9 December 2020

Aqualinc has been awarded the Irrigation New Zealand Innovation in Irrigation Award for 2020, in recognition of their work for the Fertiliser Association on N-Wise irrigation strategies.

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.

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