Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ: SEED) (“Origin” or the “Company”), a vertically–integrated supplier of hybrid and genetically-modified crop seeds in China, announced it has developed a strategic pesticide business unit for premium branded chemical products. The company expects a premium branded glyphosate product to be marketed immediately into the domestic agricultural market for the 2010 selling season. This branded product expects to be sold at a premium to other non-branded products in the current Chinese marketplace and will work in conjunction with Origin’s glyphosate-resistant seed portfolio, currently in regulatory approval phases. The pesticide portfolio developed will be designed to work synergistically with the existing hybrid and genetically modified seed products. The current pesticide market in China is roughly 90 Billion RMB industry in China. Origin’s pesticide products are contract produced by one of the highest quality producers in China. The products will be marketed and distributed through Origin’s existing agricultural network of approximately 3,800 first-level distributors and 65,000 second-level distributors and retailers spanning all 30 mainland China provinces. “We believe this continues our goal to become the dominant agricultural solutions provider for the benefit of the Chinese farmer. These complementary products will enhance the sales of both products and add additional value to our existing platform. " said Liang Yuan, Origin President and Chief Executive Officer. "Not only does this allow us to provide the best products to our existing customer base, but it allows us to provide higher levels of service. " About Origin Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Beijing, Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ GS: SEED) is China’s leading, vertically-integrated agricultural biotechnology company specializing in research, development and production to supply the growing populations of China. Origin develops, grows, processes, and markets high quality, hybrid crop seeds to farmers throughout China and parts of Southeast Asia via a network of approximately 3,800 first-level distributors and 65,000 second-level distributors and retailers, and possesses a pipeline of genetically modified seed products including glyphosate resistant corn and Bt Corn. The first genetically modified corn seed product for China, Phytase corn, was approved in November 2009 of which Origin possesses exclusive rights. For further information, please log on www.originagritech.com. Forward Looking Statement This release contains forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "targets," "goals," "projects," "continue," or variations of such words, similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Therefore, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Neither we nor any other person can assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of forward-looking statements. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ from expectations include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Origin's filings with the SEC including its annual report on Form 20-F to be filed. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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