Agria Announces Completion of Contracting Process for Primary Growth Partnership Program for Seed and Nutritional Technology

Agria Announces Completion of Contracting Process for Primary Growth 
Partnership Program for Seed and Nutritional Technology Development
Between PGW Seeds and New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries 
BEIJING -- (Marketwire) -- 02/18/13 --  Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO)
(the "Company" or "Agria") today announced that the seeds division of
its majority-owned subsidiary, PGG Wrightson Limited ("PGW Seeds"),
has completed the contracting process for a Primary Growth
Partnership program (the "PGP Program") with the New Zealand Ministry
for Primary Industries. PGW Seeds is spearheading the PGP Program
with Grasslanz Technology Limited, a New Zealand government-owned
company engaged in science and research, to deliver innovative
forages for New Zealand farms. The PGP Program is valued at NZ$14.6
million, with government PGP funding contributing NZ$7.15 million
over six years. 
The seed and nutritional technology development PGP Program aims to
develop new technologies that improve animal productivity and animal
health, while overcoming adverse environmental impact. It consists of
five projects focused on the development and adoption of technologies
that provide benefits to New Zealand's pastoral sector through: 

--  more reliable and faster pasture establishment;
--  increased pasture productivity and persistence through reducing the
    impact of pests and diseases;
--  improved animal health and animal productivity;
--  lower greenhouse gas emissions; and
--  reduced susceptibility to summer drought stress.

The PGP program is expected to provide farmers with technologies for
improved productivity and profitability across regions and farming
systems where pasture renewal occurs. Information sharing and closer
linkage with other Primary Growth Partnership initiatives,
particularly around the adoption of new technologies by farmers, may
provide additional benefits.  
About Agria Corporation 
Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) is an agricultural company with
operations in China and internationally. Agria operates three
principal business lines: China seeds, international seeds and
agriservices. In China, Agria engages in research and development,
production and sale of seed products, including field corn seeds,
edible cor
n seeds and vegetable seeds. Agria owns through Agria Asia
a 50.22% equity interest in PGG Wrightson Limited, New Zealand's
largest agricultural services company. For more information about PGG
Wrightson Limited, please visit For more
information about Agria Corporation, please visit  
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Catherine Leung
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