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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Code of Practice

Our Code of Practice for Nutrient Management provides a framework for the overall management of nutrients on arable and pastoral farms, horticulture and viticulture blocks, market gardens and forest plantations. It places special emphasis on the use of manufactured fertilisers.

Complying with the Code of Practice gives users, regulatory authorities and markets the assurance they require that the nutrients used in New Zealand primary production are well managed to avoid or minimise adverse environmental impacts.

This Code is mainly intended as a guide for nutrient advisers and consultants. It is also useful for land managers (farmers and growers) who want to know more about nutrient management planning and the best nutrient management practices for their production system.

The Code is not intended to be read from cover to cover. We encourage you to understand the context in which it can be used, consider the guiding principles for the Code and apply the recommendations on nutrient management planning and nutrient use which are relevant to your farm system.

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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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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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