Fertiliser - Fertmark and Spreadmark
QCONZ manage, on behalf of the Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC), the audit regimen and systems for both the Fertmark and Spreadmark programmes.
The Spreadmark and Fertmark schemes operate together to ensure that high quality fertiliser is manufactured, mixed and spread in a way that precision agriculture is fostered and the environment is protected. Both schemes have strong links to the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use.
A Fertmark tick means the fertiliser has been independently audited by QCONZ to ensure what’s on the label is actually in the bag.
Fertmark Fertilisers have an ongoing and rigorous auditing system in place provided by QCONZ who provide an independently assessed fertiliser quality assurance programme.
An ongoing, independent and vigorous auditing system from QCONZ provide an independently assessed quality assurance programme.
The Fertmark Code of Practice relates to all fertilisers made and sold and includes the requirements of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act to minimise risks to food safety and animal welfare.
Spreadmark is a quality assurance programme designed to recognise high quality spreading companies and to reassure farmers and growers these companies will deliver what is expected.
QCONZ provides independent audit and management systems to ensure that registered operators have the following attributes:
- Spreader operators have been trained
- Equipment is independently assessed and systems audited
- Fertiliser is being applied at an even rate and distribution pattern
- Confidence that a Spreadmark operator will place fertiliser where they want it
Spreadmark registered companies have certified spreading machinery, trained operators and an appropriate quality management system to ensure farmer/grower outcomes are met and environmental sustainability is protected.
Companies engaging with the Spreadmark certification process can expect:
- Audits that are to be conducted in a professional and respectful manner.
- A nationwide service without geographic limitations.
- Auditors who are committed to keeping up with industry developments.
- Audits to be booked before they become due and reported within a week of being conducted (except where there are extenuating circumstances).
- New Spreadmark applications to be completed within two months of all of the required information being received.