SEATTLE, WA - October 16, 2013 - Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. (OTCQB: PLPL), a producer of highly bioavailable plant extracts for industries including health, wellness, nutriceutical, and pharmaceutical, today announced that it has been featured in the October 18th edition of Farmer's Weekly (www.farmersweekly.co.za). The article discusses the history of South African tea farming, the changes and renovations implemented by Plandaí to rejuvenate the tea industry, and the potential impact of the business on the local economy.
The tea industry in South Africa collapsed in the 1990's when the government subsidies were abolished. The large plantations were abandoned and, in the case of the Senteeko Estate, eventually purchased by the government and then given to the Shamile Community as part of a land claim settlement. With tea farming being labor intensive, the higher labor cost in South Africa resulted in a commodity that was not competitive in the world market. Plandaí's model, which transforms a commodity into a valuable nutraceutical and pharmaceutical extract, is less price sensitive as the labor component is minimized. Plandaí has recently completed construction of a 8,000m2 factory in South Africa which will begin producing 60 tons per annum of finished Phytofare™ Catechin extract in January 2014 from the initial 300 hectares of harvested tea leaf.
Roger Duffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Plandaí Biotechnology, commented, "We believe that our business model can be adapted to many agricultural regions and products as worldwide competition in commodities drives down prices and the standard of living. Creating value added products is the perfect way to revitalize these extinct industries. The benefit to businesses such as Plandaí is that we can acquire production capacity at a relative bargain, stimulate the local economies, and receive valuable assistance from the government."
Plandaí has posted a copy of the full article on its website, www.plandaibiotech.com, where additional updated photos on the factory are also available.
About Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc.
Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. and its subsidiaries develop highly bioavailable, phytonutrient rich extracts which are being utilized to deliver a new family of drugs to safely and affordably treat a multitude of diseases and conditions. Plandaí Biotechnology controls every aspect of the process, from growing the raw materials on its farms in South Africa, to producing its patented Phytofare™ extracts in-house, allowing the Company to guarantee the continuity of supply as well as quality control throughout the entire process. Targeted industries for the Company's products include beverage, cosmeceutical, wellness, nutraceutical, anti-aging, and pharmaceutical. For more information, please visit http://www.plandaibiotech.com.
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SOURCE: Plandai Biotechnology, Inc.