Protecting the whenua and our natural resources often involves gradual changes to how we manage activities on land. With this in mind the Government set freshwater regulations for the maximum amount of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser that can be applied to grazed land, with a requirement for dairy farmers to report on their levels of its application.
Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser can leach through soil and into our waterways, with detrimental impacts on the surrounding ecology and our drinking water supplies. Understanding its application provides regional and central government the visibility on these land management practices, enabling them to act to continue to protect our freshwater over time.
Te Uru Kahika (the regional sector) came together, with support from Regional Software Holdings Limited (RSHL), the fertiliser industry and MadeCurious, to develop a single portal for reporting on synthetic nitrogen fertiliser application.
With the range of upcoming legislative reform surrounding fresh water and environmental regulation, the sector needed to quickly spin up a solution that was affordable whilst balancing the need to safely operate over a short term life-span (2-3 years).
The fertiliser industry already has tools to report on farm fertiliser application. However, Te Uru Kahika also needed to enable direct reporting from those farmers not registered with these tools. A solution was also needed quickly to meet the government reporting deadlines.
Our tech platform enabled the rapid delivery of a system that made it easy for farmers to provide data on the fertiliser application across their property. This data is sent to a central repository hosted by Environment Canterbury and combined with the data provided from the fertiliser industry tools via API. This enables anonymised reports to be compiled for each regional council and national reporting for the Ministry for the Environment.
This solution means farmers only need to provide their data once, via a system that best suits them. These efficiency gains also extend to the regional sector, where a standardised national data structure means less manual reporting effort by council staff.
A Focus On
Reducing the burden on farmers to provide the necessary data
Integration with existing industry tools to reduce duplicate effort
Improving reporting efficiency both regionally and nationally
Working with IT specialists from across Te Uru Kahika and industry to deliver a unified solution.
Rapidly constructing a prototype of the farmer-facing solution using the Media Suite Design System.
Utilising our technology platform the prototype was quickly turned into working software in the matter of weeks.
Working with Environment Canterbury IT specialists to ensure support across all aspects of the solution.