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Origin Agritech Signs Purchase Agreements for 50,000 Metric Tons of its Nutritionally Enriched Corn

BEIJING, April 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ:SEED) (the “Company” or “Origin”), an agricultural technology company, today announced that it has signed purchase agreements to sell to two commodity companies a total of 50,000 metric tons of its corn nutritionally enriched.

Origin Agritech’s new nutritionally enriched corn reduces the need for costly additives such as soybean meal for commodity companies, doubling their margins. As a result, Origin has generated a lot of industry interest and a lot of interest. Origin donated corn samples to potential raw material customers so they could validate the corn’s nutritional content. The corn has passed these tests and companies are now placing orders.

Since Origin’s corn has such a positive impact on commodity companies and the company has no competition for this product, the company decided rather than just selling the seed, they would contract the growing corn to capture a much higher share of the profitability of the finished product. The company grows 50,000 metric tons of maize under contract in Xinjiang. The commodity companies agreed to buy the corn at market prices at the time of delivery, plus a markup to reward the company for the added value of the corn. Based on current market prices for maize, the selling price could be around 3,000 RMB per metric ton or 150 million RMB in total. The company is currently evaluating the impact of this purchase agreement on the company’s finances and may soon update its guidance to reflect this new activity.

“We are delighted with the positive customer response to our new maize variety,” said Dr. Gengchen Han, President of Origin Agritech. “In these unprecedented times of disrupted food supply chains and food inflation, I am particularly pleased that we are having a positive impact on the food security of China. “

About Origin Agritech Limited

Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and based in Zhong-Guan-Cun Life Science Park (ZGC) in beijing, is one of China’s leading agricultural technology enterprises. In crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech’s phytase maize was the first transgenic maize to receive the Biosafety Certificate from China The Minister of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has built a strong biotech seed pipeline that includes products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: www.originagritech.com. The company also maintains a Twitter account to update investors on company and industry developments, which is @origin_agritech.

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For more information:

Kirin Smith
President, PCG Advisory
646-823-8656

Joe Ramelli
Investor Relations Director
Phone: 310-845-6238
Email: joe@originagritech.com

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