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Where aquaculture and agriculture collide

15 October 2020, at 10:14am

Plans to form a joint venture between a pioneering shrimp technology developer and an energy efficient farming firm have been tabled this week.

The agreement will see NaturalShrimp's RAS used in conjunction with Ecoponex's novel agriculture systems
The agreement will see NaturalShrimp's RAS used in conjunction with Ecoponex's novel agriculture systems

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NaturalShrimp, which has developed and patented a unique recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for shrimp, announced today that it has signed a letter of Intent with Ecoponex, which has developed renewable energy efficient farm (REEF) technology.

Under the terms of the agreement Ecoponex will contribute the funds necessary to construct, equip and startup operation of food production facilities developed under this company. Additionally, Ecoponex shall contribute its proprietary REEF technology to benefit the effectiveness and productivity of the new company.

NaturalShrimp will licence its proprietary shrimp growing technology, as well as include the right to utilise or licence its water treatment systems and equipment developed by the company. A target closing date in Q1 2021 is anticipated.

"We are incredibly excited to have signed this letter of intent with Ecoponex," said Gerald Easterling, CEO of NaturalShrimp. "We feel that their REEF technology strongly compliments the aquaculture technology developed by our company and will help us bring additional capabilities to the market. Furthermore, the REEF model will provide environmental benefits for the climate and ultimately help us reduce our carbon footprint," added Easterling.

Benjamin Brant, president and CEO of Ecoponex, added: "By forming this new partnership the parties come together to create a very powerful and unique synergistic technology and business development platform that will give us a distinct advantage in the growing market place for urban agriculture and healthy fresh renewable food production. We are well positioned in several strategic markets to now offer our combined value propositions in the production and sale of organic seafood, particularly shrimp, fish and vegetables that should be a difference maker in these target markets."