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Casterra Appoints New CEO and Expands Team to Drive Growth and Innovation

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Mr. Yoash Zohar, a seasoned ag executive, is joining Casterra as CEO to lead the company’s significant operational expansion

21 December 2023, IsraelCasterra Ag Ltd., a subsidiary of Evogene Ltd. (“Evogene”) (Nasdaq: EVGN; TASE: EVGN) and an integrated castor cultivation solution company for the bio-based industries (e.g. biofuels, biopolymers), today announced the appointment of Mr. Yoash Zohar as new CEO, as of January 1, 2024, to lead the company’s expansion efforts. Considering Casterra’s rapid growth and its continued prospects for development, this nomination aims to strengthen its leadership and positioning in the industry.

Casterra entered a new phase in its life cycle of mass production of castor seeds to support the demand for its elite varieties, addressing the bio-diesel industry’s growing needs. To this end, Casterra needs to significantly increase its castor seed production capacity through existing and new subcontractors in target-market locations. Mr. Yoash Zohar, the newly appointed CEO, brings extensive experience in global agricultural projects, particularly in Africa, along with skills in castor bean cultivation. His professional qualifications align with Casterra’s current focus on establishing a robust seed production system within target geographical territories to support company’s expansion.

Casterra’s current CEO Mr. Eyal Ronen, who also serves as Evogene’s EVP of Business Development, led Casterra’s activities for the past year and a half and will now resume full-time position as EVP BD. Mr. Eyal Ronen will continue to serve as a director on Casterra’s Board and support company management in successfully reaching its goals.

Casterra has also significantly expanded its team, including experts in research and development, seed production, and customer support. This expansion is expected to drive innovation in the company’s product offerings, support the anticipated seed production increase, and enhance customer service.

Mr. Ofer Haviv, Casterra’s Chairman and Evogene’s CEO, commented, “As Casterra experiences significant growth, I am delighted to welcome Mr. Yoash Zohar as its new CEO. Yoash brings a wealth of expertise in global ag-projects, and I am confident in his ability to propel the company forward. I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Eyal Ronen for his invaluable contributions and look forward to his significant role as a Casterra Board member.”

Mr. Yoash Zohar expressed enthusiasm about the new role, stating, “I am honored to join Casterra as CEO during this pivotal growth phase. Casterra’s commitment to innovation and sustainable agricultural solutions, leveraging Evogene’s AI technology, aligns with my passion for driving positive change in the industry. I am excited to advance Casterra’s unique offering and lead its team.”

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