The New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association (NZGFA) is encouraging farmers and contractors to look to Spreadmark to help mitigate environmental risk when spreading fertiliser and other nutrients.
Spreadmark is New Zealand’s fertiliser and nutrient spreading standard. Internationally recognised by JAS-ANZ (the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand), its objective is to ensure that fertiliser is accurately placed in locations where it can be of the most agricultural benefit and least environmental harm.
The call from the NZGFA comes as members from across the organisation’s seven regional branches report that the downturn in farmer confidence is causing some farmers to hold off buying fertiliser – until they figure out how best to tackle their environmental responsibilities.
John Schultz, NZGFA President, says ground spreaders who are accredited to the Spreadmark scheme can help farmers navigate the environmental regulations when it comes to applying fertiliser and other nutrients. “Farmers are not alone in this. Spreadmark spreaders have been mitigating environmental risk for nearly 25 years, since the standard was developed.”
He explains that Spreadmark requires accredited ground spreaders to have certified spreading machinery, highly trained operators and independently audited quality management systems to ensure that farmer/grower outcomes are met and that environmental sustainability is maintained.
“Spreadmark accredited ground spreaders use sophisticated GPS technology to ensure the precise application of fertiliser and nutrients. Importantly, this technology provides proof of placement and facilitates accurate record keeping to fulfill compliance requirements.”
Mr Schultz explains that proof of fertiliser and nutrient placement will increasingly become sought-after by authorities and food processing companies, as environmental regulations tighten and auditing in the primary sector escalates.
Using a Spreadmark registered ground spreader is most effective when farmers/growers use Fertmark-approved fertiliser. Fertmark is a voluntary quality assurance scheme that independently verifies fertiliser to ensure that what the manufacturer declares is in the product is true to label.
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Note to editors:
John Schultz, NZGFA President – 027 439 9768
Graeme Martin, NZGFA Vice President – 027 293 6407
Grant Anderson, NZGFA Vice President – 027 660 2293
Kevin Geddes, NZGFA Executive Director – 03 307 8148
Lisa Carruthers, NZGFA Communications – 021 122 0364
Groundspread Association – www.nzgfa.co.nz
More about Spreadmark – https://fertqual.co.nz/understanding-the-marks/spreadmark/
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