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

Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand

30 March 2022

We submitted to Taumata Arowai, the new water services regulator for Aotearoa New Zealand, on Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand (Draft) 20 December 2021. Our submission exclusively addressed the Drinking Water Standard for nitrate.


Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future

29 November 2021


Fertiliser Association of New Zealand submitted to the Ministry for the Environment on Te hau mārohi ki anamata - Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future.  Submissions will help to shape the Ministry's emissions reduction plan.


Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations

1 November 2021

We submitted to the Ministry for the Environment on its Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations Discussion Document.  Our submission called for clear long-term direction in regulation for freshwater management to ensure confidence in business investment for both production and environmental targets.  


FANZ Submission to Environment Select Committee on Greenpeace Petition

6 October 2021

We submitted evidence to the Environment Select Committee on proposals to ban nitrogen fertiliser. Our submission outlines the importance and role that nitrogen fertiliser plays in food production in New Zealand.


FANZ submission on Exposure Draft Natural Built Environments Bill

4 August 2021

FANZ has made a submission on the Exposure Draft Natural and Built Environments Bill to the New Zealand Parliament Environment Committee.


FANZ Submission on Climate Change Commission Draft Advice

31 March 2021

FANZ has provided a submission on the the Climate Change Commission's draft advice to government. We support the overall approach they have taken and valued the opportunity to scrutinise the data behind the Climate Change Commission's analysis. Our submission focuses on the policies to support emissions reductions from the agricultural sector, as this is the area in which we consider that we can make the most contribution.


Regulation of Inhibitors used in Agriculture

25 June 2020

Many New Zealand farmers are looking for ways to reduce their nutrient losses and greenhouse gas emissions. A range of new and also well-established inhibitor products provide very significant environmental benefits. Therefore, their use and application is expected to increase. However, the inhibitor products are not well defined in the legislation, which applies to agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines. The review of inhibitors was supported, including amending the regulatory oversight of inhibitors so that the primary sector is better able to confidently, safely and effectively use existing and new inhibitors to mitigate environmental, sustainability and climate change issues. Declaring 'Inhibitors' as agricultural compounds is favoured and a modified version of the proposed definition is presented. There is support for a managed transition for existing products plus adequate resourcing to support registration of new products within the proposed legislation.


Reforming the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme Proposed Settings

11 March 2020

FANZ has submitted a submission to the Ministry for the Environment, with feedback on Section 2 of the 'Reforming the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: Proposed settings - Consultation document'. We continue to support development of a predictable transition pathway for reducing carbon emissions for New Zealand agriculture. We also believe that the reduction in emissions will be dependent on policy development and implementation programmes, which drive the adoption of additional mitigations.


Climate Change Response Emissions Trading Reform Amendment Bill Submission

22 January 2020

FANZ has released its submission on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill. We continue to support development of a predictable transition pathway for reducing carbon emissions for NZ agriculture. Farmers and growers should have choice about the most effective way of managing emissions on their land and we continue to support farm scale accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, including nitrogen fertiliser.


Action for Healthy Waterways Submission

23 October 2019

FANZ has released its submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Action for Healthy Waterways. It welcomes the Government's aspirations and is calling for the Government to take a pragmatic, phased and balanced approach to achieving these goals. FANZ believes that aligning environmental, social, cultural and economic objectives should be the Government's first step.



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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 January 2022

Final-year Lincoln University PhD candidate Kirstin Deuss is the 2021 recipient of the NZ Society of Soil Science/Fertiliser Association of NZ Postgraduate Bursary Award.

The award recognises the efforts and present (or likely) contribution to New Zealand soil science arising from a doctorate study. It carries a $5,000 one-year stipend.

Kirstin holds a BSC in Biomedical Science from Victoria University of Wellington and an MSC in Horticultural Science from the Technical University of Munich, Free University of Bozen (Italy) and the University of Bologna.

Her postgraduate research has seen her lead a long-term field study on soil and catchment hydrology in Southland. The findings will help understand the role mole and tile drains play in Southland’s unique landscape.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected as the recipient of the NZSSS Fertiliser Association Postgraduate Bursary, it is an honour that I will cherish for the rest of my career,” says Kirstin. “I love working with soils and my career objective is to apply my field, research and management skills towards supporting the sustainable management of New Zealand’s soil resources.”

“My PhD has been challenging but also so rewarding, and this award is a real confidence boost as I prepare to start my new career at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in February. I wouldn't be where I am without the support of my many great mentors, friends and colleagues, who have given me so much of their time and energy to help turn ideas into reality and put it all into the written word!

 “It's truly been the best experience of my life and I am really looking forward to where it is going to take me.”

 Kirstin was nominated by Peter Almond, Associate Professor, Department of Soil and Physical Sciences at Lincoln University. He described her to the judging panel as a “highly adept scientist capable of complex quantitative analysis of soil-hydrological systems”.

“I think she is a deserving recipient.  The prestige of the award would further her goal of securing a position working professionally in soil science in New Zealand so that she can contribute to environmental sustainability of our primary industries.”

Fertiliser Association chief executive Vera Power described Kirstin’s research as “hugely important”.

“The more we can understand what’s happening in our soils and catchments, the better placed our primary sector will be to improve farm management, all while protecting the environment.”  

24 November 2021

FANZ has made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Te hau mārohi ki anamata - Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future

The primary sector has a key role to play in helping achieve global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining food security. This requires low-emission production systems, with increased efficiencies and the use of new mitigation technologies. 

Investment in the development and adoption of new technologies requires a clear regulatory pathway to market. We will need to work internationally with trading nations and also locally with existing qualified networks within the agricultural community for the extension and adoption of new mitigations.  

You can read our submission in full here.

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