Heads of Agreement signed regarding establishment of joint venture Koppert Biological Systems Oman LLC.

October 23, 2014 – the Netherlands
SigningKoppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands and Oman based Hassad Agricultural Investments LLC, have signed a joint venture agreement establishing Koppert Biological Systems Oman LLC. The agreement was signed on Wednesday 22 October in the presence of H.E. Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Secretary General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oman. The joint venture is expected to be officially established before the end of the year.

The joint venture company aims to transfer knowledge and technology into Oman with a vision to encourage sustainable farming practices and disseminate a culture of safe farming methods that can support the food safety and food security initiatives of the Government of Oman.  To that end, the company will make available Koppert products and services to Oman based farmers to encourage these safe and sustainable farming practices.

Koppert’s advanced biological systems together with training and after sales support, come to help foster these farming practices based on an integrated pest & disease management approach, with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems. A totally comprehensive approach to both the crop and its environment by creating optimal soil conditions and maximizing crop resilience, combined with biological pest management solutions will lead to a substantial reduction in the use of chemical crop protection products and artificial fertilizers.

Henri Oosthoek says: “Koppert’s globally leading innovative biological products and technologies will improve crop health and yields and reduce the risk of disease throughout the food chain. Our rapid growth in all world regions is supported by dedicated and integrated structures through top level partnerships. We are delighted to have a top scientist and industrialist like Dr Amer Al Rawas on board without whom the effective start of Koppert in the Gulf region and particularly in Oman would not be possible.”

Dr Amer Al Rawas: “My private international farming practice was increasingly confronted with the limits and dangers of many Agri-chemicals. Koppert is the right answer to our food safety challenges. I look forward to working with all farmers in my region and provide the Omani consumers with optimally healthy food products.”

About Koppert Biological Systems 
Koppert contributes to better health of people and the planet. In partnership with nature, we make agriculture healthier, safer and more productive. The company’s principal place of business is located in the Netherlands and is active since 1967. Research & Development is one of  Koppert’s core disciplines. Their strength lies in its ability to turn this knowledge into practical applications which contribute to finding solutions to prevailing problems. Koppert has a holistic approach to plants and develops solutions for all the relevant elements. Sharing knowledge and training staff is a key factor for achieving sustainable agriculture and horticulture. More than 300 professional consultants ensure that dealers and growers are supported in handling their challenges on a daily basis.

About Hassad Agricultural Investments LLC.
Founded by Dr. Amer Awadh Al Rawas, Hassad Agricultural Investments is an Oman based company that researches, tests, and develops innovative new technology-based systems for producing and managing organic agricultural products through sustainable methods.
As part of its mandate, the Company works to introduce and make available agricultural and biological technologies and systems to improve the production of agricultural crops and systematically reduce waste and chemical contamination.