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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Nutrient management planner

Our interactive nutrient management plan (NMP) template can be used or adapted to suit your circumstances. Please familiarise yourself with our Code of Practice before using it.

The below diagram sets out the steps involved in preparing and using the nutrient management plan template.

A good NMP:

  • ensures that nutrient management meets all legal and industry requirements
  • includes a nutrient budget which compares nutrient inputs from all sources with all nutrient outputs
  • achieves desired changes in nutrient levels and production (e.g. increasing soil fertility from a poor base to support a higher stock carrying capacity; altering soil nutrient status to suit future crops)
  • minimises the cost of supplying nutrients and avoids wasted spending on unnecessary or unused nutrients
  • minimises the risk of damage to the environment
  • considers the land manager’s personal objectives.

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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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25 November 2020

Two PhD students who have been supported by the Association, have published information on their research. The first measures the impact of phosphate fertiliser derived fluorine on soil microbiology and white clover. The second analyses the effect of soil cadmium on root organic acid secretion by forage crops.


18 November 2020

The Fertiliser Association is delighted to be providing funding for two new agriculture short courses at Massey University. These courses have been created to fill demand for agriculture experts as a result of the government's mandate on freshwater plans.

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