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.

Improving Economic Resilience

22 April 2023

In April 2023 we submitted to the New Zealand Productivity Commission on Improving Economic Resilience.

The key points of our submission were that souring materials from around the world is at the heart of the supply of fertiliser ingredients for food production in New Zealand. We focused on two aspects of supply chain risk - sourcing materials globally and getting materials to New Zealand.


Natural and Built Environment Bill

29 January 2023

Our first submission of 2023 was on the Natural and Built Environment Bill, to the Environment Select Committee. 

We focused on the provisions relating to soils in the Bill in the context that farming and food production are critically dependent on New Zealand's soils, both now and for the future.


Pricing agricultural emissions

19 November 2022

 We made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Te tātai utu o ngā tukunga ahuwhenu - Pricing agricultural emissions.

Our submission outlines why the Association strongly supports the pricing mechanism as originally outlined in the He Waka Eka Noa partnership proposal. The proposal provides a path forward for managing agricultural emissions, while recognising the importance of our primary exports to the New Zealand economy.

We also detail why we support a farm-level levy system which includes nitrogen fertiliser; and oppose an interim processor-level levy in 2025. 


Exposure Draft of Amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020

9 July 2022

Our submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Exposure Draft of Amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 was generally supportive of the proposed technical amendments.  The exception was the clause relating to a specific focus on managing nutrients to achieve on-farm outcomes.


Draft ACVM Notice

9 July 2022


Fertiliser Association of New Zealand submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the Draft Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Notice.  We were generally supportive of the proposal for improved clarity on requirements but outlined some concerns.  Our submission focused on fertilisers rather than soil conditioners or biostimulants.


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.



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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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14 May 2023

The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has published a paper titled Nitrogen fertiliser use in grazed pasture-based systems in New Zealand. The research paper was commissioned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and written by AgReserch senior scientist Colin Gray.

30 April 2023

Commercial fertilisers have long been critical to viable economic production in New Zealand’s agriculture and horticulture sectors – starting in 1867 with the import of 459 tonnes of phosphorus-rich Pacific Island bird and bat dung. The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand marks its 75th anniversary in 2023. This article looks back the history of fertiliser use in New Zealand.

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