BEIJING--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) - Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) (the "Company" or "Agria") today announced the appointment of John Layburn as Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer, effective October 23. John will be responsible for leading Agria's teams in the areas of establishing and implementing corporate strategy and compliance policies and processes. He will report to Mr. Xie Tao, the Company's Chief Executive Officer.

Xie Tao, Agria's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, John was a key member of its China Advisory practice, which I led before joining Agria. I can personally attest to his depth of experience, professional skills and knowledge base. I am very pleased that he has agreed to join Agria at this important juncture of Agria's development."

Prior to joining Agria, John Layburn worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"), the international accounting and consulting firm, for eleven years. He was initially based out of PwC's London office, followed by four years in the company's Beijing office. John has served a wide range of clients ranging from large multi-national companies to entrepreneurial investors advising on strategic reviews, turnaround situations, and investment and divestment processes. While in China, he has specialised in advising both multinational companies on their business activities in China and Chinese companies on their overseas operations. John holds a masters degree in mathematics from Oxford University.

About Agria Corporation

Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) is an innovative China-based agri-solutions provider focusing on research and development, production and distribution of three different types of upstream agricultural products. Its diversified portfolio of products comprises corn seeds, sheep breeding and seedlings, including proprietary products. For more information about Agria Corporation, please visit

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Contact Information: Contacts: In China: John Layburn Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer China Tel: 86-10-8438 1031 In the U.S.: David Pasquale Senior Vice President U.S. Tel: +914-337-1117