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 Code sets out an overall process for the management of all deliberately applied nutrients but places special emphasis on the use of manufactured fertiliser products in primary production systems including arable, pastoral, horticultural and forestry production. The Code has been designed to help users comply with the acts and regulations that affect nutrient management activities in primary production.

For the purposes of this Code, fertiliser is considered to be any manufactured product that is specifically produced to be applied to land to increase plant or animal performance, whether by increasing plant growth or overcoming nutrient deficiencies or imbalances. This means the Code covers products used to provide major nutrients (such as nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and potassium) plus products used to supply trace elements of importance to plants or animals (such as copper, boron, cobalt and selenium).

It is important to recognise that the application of manufactured fertiliser is not the sole source of nutrients added to New Zealand soils. This Code encourages all land managers (including farmers, growers and foresters) to understand the role of fertiliser in balancing overall nutrient inputs and outputs in their production system to achieve their production and profit objectives while managing effects on the environment.

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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