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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Fertiliser disposal

Under no circumstances shall any fertiliser be disposed of in a way that risks adverse environmental effects. The best practical option for the disposal of any surplus or unwanted fertiliser is application onto suitable land or crops in accordance with this Code or finding a neighbouring farmer who may have a use for it.

While most fertiliser materials are handled in bulk, some products are provided in bags of varying sizes and some as liquids. Re-usable or recyclable containers should be used if available. For all other situations, containers should be disposed of in a manner that minimises any risk to human health and the environment.

Disposal options may include:

  • Alternative use - the container must be completely empty. Liquid fertiliser containers should be triple rinsed and the washings applied to land
  • Recycling
  • Sanitary landfills - check with the local Regional Council or unitary authority to confirm that packaging material for fertilisers are accepted at landfills in your region.
  • Burning - regional air quality plans for some areas permit controlled incineration of packaging material.

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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