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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Best management practices for fertiliser handling and storage


Best management practices

Fertiliser transport

  • All freight is correctly constrained
  • Hazardous substances are segregated and correctly labelled
  • All fertiliser products are covered during transport to prevent dust blow
  • All transport equipment is cleaned after use. Wastewater is prevented from entering any surface water or stormwater system

Fertiliser storage

  • Nitrogen, phosphorus and soluble fertilisers are contained within the storage area on an impervious floor and protected from rain
  • Storage facilities are at least 50 metres from open waterways, avoiding areas subject to slope failure or significant flood risk
  • All storm water discharges are collected and diverted away from the storage area
  • The storage facility is designed to effectively contain stored fertiliser

Fertiliser loading

  • Fertiliser loading sites are at least 50 metres from any open waterway on areas that are not susceptible to flooding
  • Wind shelters are used around the loading site to contain fertiliser
  • Fertiliser spillage is minimised when loading into or out of storage or into application equipment
  • Fertiliser spills on the loading area are collected and returned to the storage facility

Fertiliser disposal

  • Excess or unwanted fertiliser is spread onto suitable land or crops
  • Surplus containers are reused, recycled or delivered to a resource recovery site or suitable landfill
  • Contact supplier for possible return

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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30 September 2021

We recently submitted evidence to the Environment Select Committee on proposals to ban nitrogen fertiliser.

11 August 2021

Creating tools to assist farmers to make the right choice on nutrient management is a long and sometimes expensive process. The Fertiliser Association is committed to a journey of enabling New Zealand farmers to meet their goals for profitability and heightened environmental responsibility.

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