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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Supporting student research

The Fertiliser Association is a long-term supporter of PhD projects on fertiliser issues. Not only is the Fertiliser Association interested in developing new science and information to take the primary industry forward, we recognise the importance of supporting and increasing the skills and knowledge base of our agricultural science disciplines.

Fertiliser Association Postgraduate Bursary


FANZ has signed-up to a 3-year sponsorship of the New Zealand Society of Soil Science's annual award that recognises the efforts and present or likely contribution to New Zealand soil science arising from a Doctorate study. The award recipient receives a stipend of $5,000 for one year.

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Nilusha Ubeynaryana


Research: Mechanisms of cadmium uptake and transport in forage and food plant species

Nilusha is undertaking research that could prove a game-changer for managing cadmium concentration in New Zealand soils.

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Thangavelautham Geretharan (Gere)


Research: Impact of soil fluorine on soil microbiology

Gere is pioneering research in an aspect of soil health that has largely been ignored until now - fluorine's impact on nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

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Aaron Stafford

Aaron (right) with his supervisor Professor Mike Hedley.

Research: Soil Cadmium: Distribution in Waikato allophanic soils, its accumulation in selected plant species and the implications for selected management and mitigations

Aaron’s research shows a variation in the plant cadmium uptake of forage species.

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Daniel Hendrie


Research: Investigations on phosphorus, sulphur and pH/aluminium for pasture legumes on hill country soils

Daniel has hit upon the ideal formula for applying lime to increase phosphorus availability.

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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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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.


18 November 2020

The Fertiliser Association is delighted to be providing funding for two new agriculture short courses at Massey University. These courses have been created to fill demand for agriculture experts as a result of the government's mandate on freshwater plans.

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