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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, March 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verde AgriTech Plc (TSX: NPK) ("Verde” or the “Company”) is pleased to welcome Felipe Buscacio Paolucci as the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”).

Mr. Paolucci is an executive with over 15 years of experience in finance in multinational companies such Arysta (UPL), Unilever and Deloitte.

Mr. Paolucci has over 9 years of experience in the agricultural business working for Arysta, a part of the UPL group, the world’s fifth largest agrochemical and biosolutions company, with over USD 5 billion of sales. As an executive at Arysta, he focused on finance, logistics, procurement and planning across both Brazil and Latin America. Mr. Paolucci holds an MBA from Insper and a BA in management and finance from Fumec University, Brazil.

Mr. Paolucci will be based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and will replace Mr. Tim Slater, who has acted as the Company’s interim CFO for the past few years, based out of London, UK. Verde is thankful to the outstanding job that Mr. Slater has performed over the years in the position of CFO.

Mr. Paolucci declared: “After carefully analyzing multiple companies, my choice for Verde comes down to one word: ‘future’. The Company has a clear and solid strategy for future growth buttressed by Brazil’s strong agricultural sector and with an upside potential in international markets. I am eager to tackle the challenges that will make Verde a market leader.”

President and CEO, Cristiano Veloso, commented: “It is a pleasure for Verde to have Mr. Paolucci join as its CFO. He will be working close to our growing team in Brazil, especially overseeing trade finance and capital expenditure. Mr. Paolucci has significant experience in the agricultural market in Brazil and is choosing Verde because he believes in the massive market opportunity we are seizing upon, so much so that he is investing over six figures in the Company’s ongoing private placement.”

Delivery of Orders for 2018 and Incoming Orders for 2019

The Company delivered 29,647 tonnes of product in 2018, having had to waive over 17,000 tonnes of orders because the mine and processing plant were closed down early because of the earlier than usual rainy season. Previously, in 2017, total sales approached 5,000 tonnes.

Orders for the 2019 season were opened late 2018 and Verde has already received orders for over 14,170 tonnes, down payment for which has been mostly received. Mining and production will resume after the end of the rainy season in mid-March. The Company is aiming to sell 200,000 tonnes of product throughout 2019.

About Verde AgriTech

Verde promotes sustainable and profitable agriculture through the development of its Cerrado Verde Project. Cerrado Verde, located in the heart of Brazil’s largest agricultural market, is the source of a potassium-rich deposit from which Verde intends to produce solutions for crop nutrition, crop protection, soil improvement and increased sustainability.

Neither the Unit Securities nor the Warrant Shares have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.  This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy Unit Securities or Warrant Shares in the United States or in any jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or solicitation would be unlawful.

For additional information please contact:

Cristiano Veloso, President & Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +55 (31) 3245 0205; Email: cv@verdeagritech.com

www.verdeagritech.com

www.supergreensand.com

Cautionary Language and Forward Looking Statements

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For additional information with respect to these and other factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information made in this news release, see the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, as well as other public disclosure documents that can be accessed under the issuer profile of “Verde AgriTech plc” on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  The forward-looking information set forth herein reflects the Company’s reasonable expectations as at the date of this news release and is subject to change after such date.  The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.  The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.