Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use Strengthened

MEDIA RELEASE 30 June 2003

New Information Strengthens Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use

The Fert Research Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use has been given a boost with the release of eight new addenda providing addition information to support the core recommendations within the Code. The addenda cover key areas such as nutrient budgeting, spreading, water quality, cadmium and nitrate management as well as organic farming and greenhouse gas emissions.

The new addenda have been produced as part of a Code review undertaken last year. First launched in 1998, the Code has become an integral part of nutrient management in New Zealand. The Code has been endorsed by Government agencies, Federated Farmers, and Regional councils. Some 4,000 hard copies have been distributed to fertiliser advisors, farmers, industry, government, local authorities, educational institutes and scientists across New Zealand and it is specified within a number of Regional council plans. The Code is also available to download at

Dr Hilton Furness, Technical Director of Fert Research says, "Given the key role the Code plays in promoting best practice nutrient management it was important to review the original Code to ensure the recommendations were still valid. Secondly, we wanted to identify those areas where additional information could strengthen the Code and assist users to increase their understanding of nutrient management."

The review confirmed the relevancy of the core Code and aside from some minor corrections, no changes were required. However, the most beneficial outcome of the review has been development of additional information on specific areas of nutrient management.

Says Dr Furness, "The new information reflects the changes that have taken place in agriculture in the five years since the Code was launched. New tools for nutrient management have been developed, dairy and organic farming have increased significantly and environmental issues such as greenhouse gases and water quality have become more

important. For this reason we have produced addenda which will increase understanding in these areas and put Code recommendations into context."

When first launched, the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use was a world first. Feedback from international fertiliser industry associations demonstrates how valuable codes are to the long-term protection of local and export markets.

Luc M. Maene, Director General, International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) said,

"These days, the industry needs to be sensitive to a whole range of economic, environmental and social issues. Fert Research's Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use is an exemplary case of stewardship by the fertiliser industry. The latest update to include topics such as greenhouse gases, nutrient budgeting, organic agriculture and cadmium demonstrates a high level of leadership by the industry in New Zealand."

Jackie Burton of the European Fertiliser Manufacturers Association (EFMA) made the following comments, "The Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use, developed and now updated by Fert Research has all the elements that are essential if we are to have an industry that is sustainable. It reflects principles associated with integrated farming, sustainable agriculture and product stewardship. Perhaps most importantly of all, it communicates important industry messages, advising farmers and showing decision-makers that we are translating the demands of modern society into practice."

Fert Research Code review committee members included Warwick Catto, Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Richard Christie, Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative. The new addenda and updated Code contents are currently being distributed to existing Code holders. Anyone who would like an updated copy of the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use can visit to download a PDF or request a copy.


Released by Simone Bell (Network PR) on behalf of Fert Research.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news