Set up by farmers for farmers, the FQC was formed in 1992 initially to provide an assurance programme for the use of quality fertiliser products. Later, its role was extended to include accurate, ‘on-target’ fertiliser distribution.
Incorporated in 2001, the FQC comprises over 30 executives from across the agricultural spectrum. The Council meets twice a year to review activity, approve budgets and expenditure and discuss pertinent topics affecting the fertiliser and fertiliser spreading industries – aerial and ground.
Fertmark was devised in 1992 as a fertiliser quality assurance scheme after the government withdrew from fertiliser auditing. The scheme involves an independent audit whereby only quality products are approved and awarded with the Fertmark tick. There are currently 14 companies in the programme with over 69 registered products.
Spreadmark is a fertiliser quality assurance scheme founded by the New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association (NZGFA) in 1998. The logo can be seen on the trucks of over 75 companies in New Zealand
Through the independent assurance of fertiliser quality and placement, leadership in the promotion of sustainable nutrient use in primary production, and the provision of an independent industry forum, the Fertiliser Quality Council delivers the long term outcome of sustainable and profitable agriculture within New Zealand.
- The FQC operates independently, transparently, and credibly for the benefit of all users of fertiliser in New Zealand.
- The FQC plays a key role in supporting reliable access to quality assured fertiliser which is used in a sustainable manner.
- The FQC maintains significant farmer input to ensure the services required by farmers are delivered.
- The FQC promotes effective nutrient management and the critical role of nutrients as an integral part of New Zealand`s land based industries.
- The FQC industry forum representing fertiliser users plays a critical role in the strategic direction of the fertiliser industry in New Zealand regarding fertiliser quality.
- The FQC actively promotes good environmental stewardship with regard to nutrient management and placement.
Providing independent quality assurance of the nutrients present in fertiliser as well as independent audits ensuring quality fertiliser application are the main services delivered by the FQC. However, the Council’s role has extended to:
- Establishing and maintaining the Fertmark Test Methods Reference Group charged with developing laboratory test methods.
- Establishing the Agronomic Expert panel to adjudicate issues of agronomic trials and promotional claims of all fertiliser products sold in New Zealand.
- Promoting to farmers the value of Fertmark and Spreadmark schemes.
- Promoting to regulators, from central, regional and district government the role of fertiliser products for New Zealand’s productive land.