Feeding the world’s growing population
New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.
The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.
Phil Journeaux (lead author), John Wilton, Leander Archer, Stuart Ford and Gary McDonald
Nitrogen fertiliser is an integral component of farming systems within New Zealand, as it is around the world. It significantly aids the economic viability of many of those systems. As a result, usage of nitrogenous fertilisers has been increasing over recent decades.
This study, commissioned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, analyses the costs to the primary sector both at the farm gate and to the wider New Zealand economy, associated with removing nitrogen fertiliser or using a substitute. For pastoral farms this includes use of supplementary feed.
The graphic below provides a summary of the key findings from the report.