IFA actively promotes nutrient stewardship programmes and fertilizer best management practices
Fertilizer best management practices (FBMPs)
are agricultural production techniques and practices developed through scientific researches and verified and continuously adapted in the fields to maximize economic, social and environmental benefits.
They are aimed at managing the flow of nutrients in the course of producing affordable and healthy food in a sustainable manner that protects the environment and conserves natural resources at the same time profitable to farmers.
Through FBMPs, the benefits derived from fertilizers are maximized while the losses and negative effects of over/under/or misuse of fertilizers are minimized.
Some examples of FBMPs include:
- Balanced fertilization, i.e. giving the proper supply of all macronutrients and micronutrients in a balanced ration throughout the growth of crops;
- Site-specific nutrient management (SSNM), i.e. supplying plants with nutrients to optimally match their inherent spatial and temporal needs for nutrients
FBMPs should result in improved productivity, profitability and nutrient use efficiency and depends upon farmers having access to the knowledge required to improve management and to a timely supply of quality products.
To learn more about FBMPs, read IFA’s book “Fertilizer Best Management Practices: General Principles Strategy for their Adoption and Voluntary Initiatives vs Regulations”, which you can access through our Library