Grains Research and Development

Date: 01.01.2006

National standard for excellent advice

FERTCARE® is a national training and accreditation program available to all providers of fertiliser advice (agribusiness and independent consultants) as well as the fertiliser supply industry, including sales, transport, storage and application.

FERTCARE is designed to lift the skills and knowledge of everyone involved, and to assist in optimising some of the key aspects of fertiliser use:

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Peter McGauran, summed up the role of FERTCARE at the recent launch of the program in Canberra. "In coming years, FERTCARE accreditation and the licensed use of the FERTCARE logo will be a trusted and respected sign of excellence in environmental management ... expert, up-to-date and independently audited advice.

"Farmers can be assured that more accurate application of fertiliser will reduce wastage and improve yields."

FERTCARE was developed with the support of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of the Environment and Heritage. It is based on a set of nationally endorsed competency standards.

The Fertiliser Industry Federation of Australia (FIFA) and the Australian Fertiliser Services Association (AFSA) manage the FERTCARE program.

Accreditation of advisers under FERTCARE is based to a large extent on independent assessment of an adviser"s recommendations against the competency standards, but also involves their attendance at a training program to gain new skills in fertiliser environmental risk assessment.

In order to maintain accreditation, adviser recommendations must be audited biennially.

For more information: www.fertcare.com.au