Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Fertmark Launches Modified Code Of Practice

Damien O'Connor, chairperson of the Primary Production Select Committee was one of the first people to receive a copy of the new Fertmark Code of Practice at a special launch at the Federated Farmers Conference in Christchurch today.

Chairman of Fertmark, Graham Robertson says, "Fertmark, the fertiliser quality assurance scheme, has modified its Code of Practice and MAF has accepted it as an approved code under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act."

All fertilisers sold in New Zealand now come under the scrutiny of the ACVM Act and MAF require that these fertilisers adhere to standards in the Act.

Fertmark and fertiliser manufacturers have worked together to refocus the Fertmark Code of Practice so fertilisers that have passed Fertmark's stringent audit procedures automatically comply with the requirements of the ACVM Act. Under the Act, fertilisers must not produce residues in food or fibre products that exceed New Zealand or specified overseas food residue levels; cause pain or distress to animals; or contain micro-organisms likely to promote disease or pest transmission.

Fertmark executive director Kevin Geddes commends the foresight of the fertiliser industry for their support in setting up the Fertmark scheme seven years ago. Federated Farmers formed the voluntary scheme with the assistance of the industry in response to the Government's withdrawal from fertiliser testing and concern at variable nutrient levels.

"It was the far-sightedness of fertiliser companies that gave farmers and fertiliser users the opportunity to purchase quality assured fertiliser with correctly stated nutrient levels," says Mr Geddes.

"It is a measure of the success of the Fertmark scheme that the member companies of Fertmark have been able to work with MAF to develop a code for the good of the industry.

"Farmers can now be doubly confident that fertilisers bearing the Fertmark tick are of the highest possible standards and contribute to sustainable agriculture."

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels