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Agrisoma lands landmark feed and biofuel feedstock deal with Uruguay

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., has announced that it has signed a new partnership with the country of Uruguay introducing Carinata as a new, renewable, low carbon cash crop for farmers.

Uruguay’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodolfo Nin Novoa (left) signs agricultural food security partnership with Steve Fabijanski, President and CEO of Agrisoma Biosciences (photo courtesy CNW Group/Agrisoma Biosciences).

Canada-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural company that has commercialised “Carinata” or Ethiopian mustard (Brassica carinata) a non-food oilseed crop designed for biofuel production has announced that it has signed a new partnership with Uruguay introducing a new, renewable, low carbon cash crop for farmers.

The deal gives the Quebec company the opportunity to grow its business outside of Canada by planting thousands of new hectares of the Carinata seed in Uruguay.

This is a made in Canada solution. Carinata, is a new crop first developed, tested and grown in Canada and now going global, being farmed as a new second, cash-crop alternative, said Steve Fabijanski, CEO of Agrisoma Biosciences.

The partnership opens new opportunities for the Canadian agricultural sector to grow more Carinata and feed the global markets demanding a broad solution for world food security and clean energy.

This partnership is a shining example of how foreign governments and Canadian business can work together to find sustainable farming solutions that address consumer’s increasing demand for healthy food production and renewable energy, said Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Uruguay’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Under this new deal, both parties anticipate significant economic and rural benefits from the production of Carinata in Uruguay as a non-food crop that can be made into low carbon biofuel and aviation fuels as well as nutritious, GMO-free animal feed.

Carinata was the crop that fueled the world’s first 100% bio-jet flight in Ottawa in 2013. Last month, Agrisoma’s GMO-free animal feed received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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