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CALGARY, July 28 /CNW/ - Raymond Lai, President and CEO of Maple Leaf
Reforestation Inc. (TSX-V: MPE) ("Maple Leaf" or the "Company") is pleased to
report the following developments at the Company's facilities in Inner
Nursery, Inner Mongolia
Current inventory of the Inner Mongolia nursery and greenhouse facility
(the "Nursery") is 2.5 million Blue Spruce seedlings ready for sale, and an
additional 3 million seedlings of various types being germinated. These will
fulfill two sales contracts valued at $1.5 million RMB (approx. $227,000 CDN)
scheduled for delivery and payment in September. A second delivery contract
valued at $750,000 RMB (approx. $114,000 CDN) is under negotiation for
delivery in the fall of 2008.
The Company has secured a landscaping and supply contract with Cixi
Huahai Plastics Co. Ltd. (Cixi), a public company listed on Shanghai Exchange,
located at Cixi, Zhejiang Province of China, valued at $1,167,000 RMB (approx.
$177,000 CDN). Under the contract, Maple Leaf will supply seedlings of various
types and full landscaping services to 100 mu (16 acres) of Cixi's new plant
facilities. The first shipment of seedlings will commence in the fall of this
year for a total $150,000 RMB (approx. $22,700 CDN). The balance will be
shipped and planted progressively.
In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Cixi has been
signed for the next three phases of the project. The first two phases involve
landscaping the remaining 200 mu (32 acres) of Cixi's new plant facilities,
worth a total of $2.2 million RMB (approx. $333,000 CDN), and the third phase
involves setting up a joint venture with Cixi to cultivate Blue Spruce and
various types of Canadian seedlings in a new greenhouse and plantation
facility, worth a total of $5 million RMB (approx. $757,000 CDN). The total
value of the MOU and the above contract is approximately $10 million RMB
(approx. $1.5 million CDN).
"We're very excited about the Company's immediate developments and sales.
Today, all outstanding contracts inherited from the Company's previous
management have expired, been fulfilled or cancelled, and Nursery operations
are proceeding on a 'clean slate' from this point on," President and CEO
Raymond Lai stated.
$30 million RMB Grant Application, Inner Mongolia
In a separate significant development, the Company has submitted its
application for a government grant of $30 million RMB (approx. $4,500,000 CDN)
to the Overseas Chinese Investments Bureau in Inner Mongolia. The grant
application was submitted with the assistance and sponsorship of Liangcheng
County officials. When approved, 40% of the grant must be invested within
Liangcheng County, while the balance of 60% ($18 million RMB or
$2.7 million CDN) would be available to the Company for operational and
"This is a major development for our Inner Mongolian operations. The
sponsorship provided by the local government is an important endorsement for
the Company in the region. Funding of our application by the Overseas Chinese
Investments Bureau would be an official and prestigious endorsement of the
hard work and valuable contributions the Company has made in Liangcheng over
the past number of years." President and CEO Raymond Lai stated during his
most recent visit to Liangcheng County earlier this month.
About Maple Leaf Reforestation Inc.
Maple Leaf is a Canadian Public Company operating a large-scale forest
nursery whose primary focus is growing and supplying value-added tree
seedlings and alfalfa feedstock as well as providing landscaping and nursery
products in China. In addition, the multi-faceted Xinjiang Yellowhorn tree
project will provide for the manufacture of biodiesel fuel, and various other
Reforestation has been identified as a critical step in managing China's
deeply troubling desertification and soil erosion problem. Maple Leaf
currently has millions of Canadian tree seedlings under cultivation at its
110,000 square foot greenhouse nursery facility located in Liangcheng County,
Inner Mongolia, China.
As a wholly-owned foreign enterprise ("WOFE"), Maple Leaf controls 100%
of the direction and operations of the company in China and allows all
revenues generated from operations in China to flow back to Canada.
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