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Summary:

  • Chilean Metals Inc. to change its name to "Power Nickel Inc." to reflect its focus on development of its James Bay High-Grade Nickel Copper Cobalt Palladium "Nisk" Project.
  • Chilean Metals' subsidiaries currently holding the Company's Chilean assets will be separated and spun out as a new public company with all of its existing Chilean assets and sufficient capital for one-year of operations
  • Chilean Metals will create a new subsidiary Consolidation Gold and Silver Inc. to be spun out as a separate public company where it will hold the option agreement on the Golden Ivan project and sufficient capital for one-year of operations
  • Shareholders of Chilean Metals will participate in both new public companies and retain their current ownership interest in each Company

Chilean Metals Inc. (the "Company" or "Chilean Metals") (TSXV:CMX)(OTC PINK:CMETF)(Frankfurt:IVVI) is pleased to announce that the board of directors has approved the Company's plans to change its name to Power Nickel Inc. and to spin-off two independent public companies to carry forward with its existing Chilean and British Colombia mining assets

Proposed Transaction Highlights

Chilean Metals to be renamed Power Nickel Inc. and will focus its efforts on the exploration and development of the Nisk project. On February 1, 2021 Chilean Metals completed the acquisition of its option to acquire up to 80% of the Nisk project from Critical Elements Lithium Corporation (CRE)(CRECF)(F12). These estimates at the Nisk project are of a historic resource and the Company's geologic team has not completed sufficient work to confirm a NI 43-101 compliant resource. Therefore, the estimates cannot, and should not be relied upon.

Table ‑1: Historical Resource Estimate figures for respective confidence categories at the NISK-1 deposit, After RSW Inc 2009: Resource Estimate for the NISK-1 Deposit, Lac Levac Property, Nemiscau, Québec.

The information regarding the NISK-1 deposit was derived from the technical report titled "Resource Estimate for the NISK-1 Deposit, Lac Levac Property, Nemiscau, Québec" dated December 2009. The key assumptions, parameters and methods used to prepare the mineral resource estimates described above are set out in the technical report.

The NISK property comprises a large land position (20 kilometres of strike length) with numerous high-grade intercepts outside the current resource area. Chilean is focused on expanding its current high-grade nickel-copper PGE mineralization historical resource prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, identifying additional high-grade mineralization, and developing a process to potentially produce nickel sulphates responsibly for batteries for the electric vehicles industry.

  • Shareholders of Chilean Metals will receive shares in the two public companies proposed to be separated out by the plan of arrangement, at ratios to be determined by tax and valuation considerations
  • One public company is proposed to hold all the historic assets in Chile as follows:
    • The 5600-hectare Tierra de Oro (TDO) property located about 70 Kms south of Copiapo. Historically about $6,000,000 has been spent exploring TDO with the most recent drill program completed and reported in January 2021 which highlighted a 2-metre section that returned 716 grams of silver and .45% copper.
    • The 4300-hectare Zulema property located about 50 Kms southwest from Copiapo and adjoining the Candelaria Mine1 property (Over 950 Million Tonnes Copper, Gold & Silver according to NI- 43101 2018 report on Lundin Mining site)) An exploration program at the property in 2018 highlighted a garnet magnetite skarn with multiple lenses of Copper- Magnetite mineralization. Within the skarn, copper ranged from 0.12- 1.19% Cu and between 0.05 - 0.99g/t Au.
    • The 9,000-hectare Palo Negro and Hornitos properties located in Region 3 about 30 Kms west of the Candelaria mine. The properties are currently the focus of a number of geophysical programs including magnetics and IP over portions of the property which have previously been highlighted to be of interest.
    • Assets also include a 3% NSR royalty interest on any future production from the Copaquire Cu-Mo deposit, previously sold to a subsidiary of Teck Resources Inc. ("Teck"). Under the terms of the sale agreement, Teck has the right to acquire one third of the 3% NSR for $3 million dollars at any time. The Copaquire property borders Teck's producing Quebrada Blanca copper mine2 in Chile's First Region.
  • Consolidation Gold & Silver Inc. will hold the previously purchased option to acquire the Golden Ivan project in the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is host to numerous past and current mining operations and the region has reported mineral resources that total up to 67 million oz of gold, 569 million oz of silver, and 27 billion pounds of copper. Recent mineral development activity within the local area includes Ascot Resources recently funded Premier Gold mine3 (2.3 Million oz gold), which has received $105 million in project construction financing for the development of renewed operations at the historic exploited Premier Gold deposit. Other notable active projects in the local area include the neighbouring Silverado project, and Red Mountain, and Homestake projects amongst many others.4 Further to the north Pretivm's Bruce Jack mine5 (4.2 million oz gold), and the neighboring KSM and Eskay deposits also have significant gold, silver, and copper resources that are yet to be realized.
    • The property hosts two known mineral showings (Gold Ore, and Magee), and a portion of the past-producing Silverado Mine, which was reportedly exploited between 1921 and 1939. These mineral showings are described to be Polymetallic veins that contain quantities of Silver, Lead, Zinc +/- Gold +/- Copper. Numerous additional mineral occurrences, showings and past-producing mines are located in the immediate areas surrounding the property, further supporting the presence of widespread mineralization in the areas.
    • The property is relatively underexplored. In 2018 Precision Geophysics completed an 88-line kilometre combined magnetic and gamma-ray spectrometry survey on behalf of the vendor (who optioned to Chilean Metals) Granby Gold Inc. Standard magnetic and radiometric data products were prepared and additional interpolate structural analyses were performed on the collected data. A number of areas of coincident magnetic and radiometric anomalism have been identified, additionally ‘structurally prepared' zones are identified from the structural analysis interpolates. Such characteristics are widely regarded as favorable indicators of widespread hydrothermal alteration aka Porphyries and may aid in vectoring toward any causative source intrusions that may be located on the property. Three preliminary target areas of merit are established as a result of the survey and will be the focus of initial explorations at the site.
  • Shareholders of the three entities should benefit from increased focus on core opportunities that appeal to each different investor base. As Chilean Metals grew through the acquisition of Nisk and Golden Ivan, it is anticipated that the two new public companies could similarly benefit on a go-forward basis.

Company CEO and Director Mr. Terry Lynch stated, "The result of this proposed transaction will be three stand-alone companies with attractive assets focused on specific opportunities to grow and create value for their shareholders. The driving force behind the change is to communicate in a very clear way our focus on the NISK Battery Metals project. It is rare to find a project with a historical resource that we believe has a credible chance to become a mine. The electrification movement in Automobiles and Industry is growing more and more every day and this growth will be very supportive to the price curves in Nickel, Copper, Cobalt, and Palladium. We look forward to concentrating our efforts on NISK and moving it from Historical resource through the mine development process as quickly as possible.

Board and Management Team

Power Nickel will feature the same board as Chilean Metals today.

Consolidation Gold and Silver Inc. will have the same board with the addition of Hugh Maddin to the board. Hugh Maddin is a distinguished and accomplished retired lawyer and an experienced mining investor. Hugh Maddin owns Granby Gold, from whom Chilean Metals optioned the Golden Ivan project in 2020.

IT is anticipated that initially, the geographically Chilean -focused company will have substantially the same board members as now but with the expected addition of Hugh Maddin

Transaction Details

The proposed transactions will be carried out by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) and are subject to a number of conditions being satisfied or waived at or prior to closing, including approval of the Company's shareholders and receipt of all necessary regulatory, TSXV and court approvals and the satisfaction of certain other closing conditions customary for a transaction of this nature.

It is expected that the required special meeting of Chilean Metals shareholders to approve the proposed Transaction will be held in June 2021 with closing shortly thereafter. The Company continues to plan the structure to address regulatory, accounting, tax, corporate and securities matters in Canada, the United States (where Chilean has some resident shareholders) and Chile.

Further information regarding the transactions will be contained in a management information circular to be prepared by the Company and mailed to shareholders in connection with an annual general and special meeting of shareholders to consider the transactions. All shareholders of the Company are urged to read the information circular once available, as it will contain important additional information concerning the transactions.

About Chilean Metals Inc.

Chilean Metals is a Canadian junior exploration company focusing on high-potential copper, gold and battery metal prospects in Chile and Canada.

Chilean Metals is 100-per-cent owner of five properties comprising over 50,000 acres strategically located in the prolific iron-oxide-copper-gold belt of northern Chile. It also owns a 3-per-cent NSR royalty interest on any future production from the Copaquire copper-molybdenum deposit, recently sold to a subsidiary of Teck resources Inc. Under the terms of the sale agreement, Teck has the right to acquire one-third of the 3-per-cent NSR for $3-million at any time. The Copaquire property borders Teck's producing Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile's first region.

Chilean Metals has as of January 13, 2021 completed the acquisition of its option to acquire the Golden Ivan project in the heart of the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle has reported mineral resources (past production and current resources) in total of 67 million ounces of gold, 569 million ounces of silver and 27 billion pounds of copper. This property hosts two known mineral showings (gold ore and magee), and a portion of the past-producing Silverado mine, which was reportedly exploited between 1921 and 1939. These mineral showings are described to be Polymetallic veins that contain quantities of silver, lead, zinc, plus/minus gold, and plus/minus copper.

On February 1, 2021 Chilean Metals completed the acquisition of its option to acquire up to 80% of the Nisk project.

The NISK property comprises a large land position (20 kilometres of strike length) with numerous high-grade intercepts outside the current resource area. Chilean is focused on expanding its current high-grade nickel-copper PGE mineralization historical resource prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, identifying additional high-grade mineralization and developing a process to potentially produce nickel sulphates responsibly for batteries for the electric vehicles industry.

Qualified Person

Qualified Person Luke van der Meer, P.Geo. (Licence # 37848), Independent Geological Consultant, Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical content of this release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chilean Metals Inc.
Terry Lynch, CEO
647-448-8044

For further information, readers are encouraged to contact:

Chilean Metals INC.
The Canadian Venture Building
82 Richmond St East, Suite 202
Toronto, ON

Terry Lynch & CEO terry@chileanmetals.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statement

This news release may contain certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address events or developments that CMX expects to occur, including details related to the proposed spin out transactions, are forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Forward-looking statements in this document include statements regarding current and future exploration programs, activities and results. Although CMX believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration success, continued availability of capital and financing, inability to obtain required regulatory or governmental approvals and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

1 Reference to the nearby Candelaria mine is for information purposes only and there are no assurances that the Company's properties will achieve similar results.

2 Reference to the nearby Quebrada Blanca mine is for information purposes only and there are no assurances that the Company's properties will achieve similar results.

3 Reference to the nearby Premier Gold mine is for information purposes only and there are no assurances that the Company's properties will achieve similar results.

4 Reference to these nearby properties is for information purposes only and there are no assurances that the Company's properties will achieve similar results.

5 Reference to the nearby Bruce Jack mine is for information purposes only and there are no assurances that the Company's properties will achieve similar results.

SOURCE: Chilean Metals, Inc.



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Power Nickel

Power Nickel

Overview

Power Nickel (TSXV:PNPN) has historically been a Chilean focused company. However, with two substantial acquisitions announced in Q4 2020 the Company has been reshaped into a multi project junior miner. Power Nickel now has an advanced high grade nickel copper cobalt PGE in the James Bay Area – the NISK deposit – the very interesting Golden Ivan project in the heart of the Southern portion of the Golden Triangle kilometers away from the recently announced Ascot Resources mine and of course its historic Chilean properties led by the Tierra De Oro project.

Company Highlights

  • Power Nickel is a mining exploration company with assets in Chile (Tierra de Oro, Zulema), British Columbia, Canada (Golden Ivan) and a pending acquisition in Quebec Canada (NISK).
  • The company recently closed C$3 million in financing.
  • The company receives 3 percent NSR royalty for its Copaquire deposit, which sold for upwards of C$3 million.
  • The company’s wholly owned Tierra de Oro and Zulema projects are located within Chile’s prolific iron-oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) belt, which hosts a number of significant copper-gold deposits.
  • The company recently acquired 100 percent of the Golden Ivan property located within British Columbia’s world-class Golden Triangle.

Key Projects

Nisk

Located in the James Bay region of Quebec this high grade Nickel Copper Cobalt PEG project with a Historical resource of over three million tonnes was optioned from Critical Elements Lithium Corporation (TSXV:CRE) in December 2020, subject to TSXV approval and agreement to acquire 80 percent of the NISK property via a series of option payments and work commitments.

The Nisk Deposit – Location Map

Previous Work

The NISK-1 property hosts a nickel showing discovered and evaluated by INCO and its subsidiary, Nemiscau Mines, in the period from 1962 to 1969. At the time, the Nemiscau area was very remote and INCO had large quantities of high-grade nickel ore in the Sudbury area, so the property was abandoned.

From 1987 to 1988 Muscocho Explorations Ltd completed surficial explorations that included an airborne VLF-EM and total magnetic field geophysical survey, collection, and analysis of surface rock samples, and completed diamond drilling of 16 holes totalling 1,843 m at the NISK-1 showing.

In 2006 to 2008 Golden Goose Resources completed further surficial explorations that included an airborne AeroTEM 2 – EM and magnetometry geophysical survey, and a ground TEM geophysical survey. Golden Goose Resources also completed diamond drilling of 63 holes totaling 13,088 m at the NISK-1 showing.

The 63 holes drilled by Golden Goose Resources were utilized to develop a NI 43-101 mineral resource. The resource estimation was completed by RSW INC and is detailed in their report entitled Resource Estimate for the NISK-1 Deposit, Lac Levac Property, Nemiscau, Québec. Dated ‘December 2009’. The 2009 resource estimation is considered to be a ‘Historical Estimate’ as defined by the National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects

The historical resource estimation culminated in the definition of Nickel, Copper, Cobalt, Palladium, Platinum resources, containing Measured, Indicated, and Inferred confidence categories as described in Table 1 below. The simplified sectional resource is developed along a single continuous drill hole intersections, developed with a cut-off grade of 0.4 percent nickel over a minimum width of 0.5 meters, within estimation blocks measuring up to 75 meters along respective sections to define the nickel-bearing zone.

Table -1: Historical Resource Estimate figures for respective confidence categories at the NISK-1 deposit, After RSW Inc 2009: Resource Estimate for the NISK-1 Deposit, Lac Levac Property, Nemiscau, Québec.

The information regarding the NISK-1 deposit was derived from the technical report titled “Resource Estimate for the NISK-1 Deposit, Lac Levac Property, Nemiscau, Québec” dated December 2009. The key assumptions, parameters and methods used to prepare the mineral resource estimates described above are set out in the technical report.

Future Exploration:

Future Work

The company plans to further advance the previously defined historic resources with confirmation drilling, additional infill, and resource definition drilling commencing in Q2. An updated resource estimate will be prepared upon completion of the additional drilling. Surface exploration is also contemplated for other prospective targets on the property.

Golden Ivan

The Golden Ivan property is situated toward the south of British Columbia’s prolific Golden Triangle, which hosts numerous profitable mineral deposits and is known to be highly prospective for large scale mineral systems, including large-scale porphyry systems, high-grade gold and silver veins, and volcanogenic massive sulphides. The Golden Triangle is host to past and current mining operations including Pretium, Eskay Creek, Johnny Mountain, Red Mountain, Snip Mine, Premier Mine, Golden Bear and Valley of the Kings. The Golden Triangle has reported mineral resources (past production and current resources) in total of 67 million oz of gold, 569 million ounces of silver and 27 billion pounds of copper.

The Golden Ivan property is located approximately 15km south west of the Red Mountain Gold/Silver deposit and 30 km south of the historic Premier Gold mine which just announced construction financing being completed to place this past producer again into production. Immediately to the south of the property significant Silver resources have recently been established at the Porter-Idaho deposit, along several mineralized veins that strike onto the Golden Ivan property.

Figure 1 – Golden Ivan as noted in Maps above is located in the heart of Golden Triangle & Close to Stewart

“Golden Ivan is a great acquisition for Chilean. The recent news from Ascot Resources regarding their now financed plans to build the Premier mine within a few kilometres of our property is certainly a positive one for all property owners in the Southern part of the Triangle. Geographically Golden Ivan’s location between StrikePoint’s Silverado project to the south and Scottie Resources to the North on a under explored and undrilled land package is certainly very interesting to us on a geological basis. The recent Geophysical work done by the Optionor makes us anxious to get in their next summer and drill those three Porphyry looking targets.” Commented Terry Lynch Power Nickel CEO.

Future Exploration

The company intends to focus future exploration efforts to determine the potential causative source intrusions of the mineralization observed across the property, and surrounding areas. The initial phase of exploration is anticipated to include systematic geological and structural and alteration mapping, as well as geochemical sampling across the property to determine any local areas of anomalism. This would be followed by ground-based geophysics to confirm local structural trends prior to proceeding with an initial drill program in the summer/fall of 2021.

Projects in Chile

Chile’s prolific Atacama iron-oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) belt hosts a number of significant copper-gold deposits, including Mantos Blancos, Manto Verde and Candelaria. The Candelaria deposit, owned by Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN), has produced 470 Mt at 0.95 percent copper, 0.22 grams per ton (g/t) gold and 3.1 g/t silver. It holds the title as the world’s second-largest iron-oxide-copper-gold deposit.

Power Nickel (TSXV:PNPN) wholly owned 5,600 hectare Tierra de Oro and 4,300 hectare Zulema projects are located within the belt. Zulema is located just 30 kilometers from the Candelaria deposit, with which it shares similar geography.

Previous exploration data generated by both the company and other historic operators have been compiled and 8,660 training points were subjected to evaluation by Windfall’s propriety CARDS AI model. CARDS uses data mining techniques to analyze compiled exploration data and to identify areas target zones with high statistical similarity to known “signatures” of areas of copper, gold and silver mineralization (Figures 3 and 4 below). A total of thirteen (13) prospective target zones were identified by the prediction analysis, of which the company has elected to drill test two of the zones.

  • The ‘Chanchero’ Zone has previously been identified as being prospective for copper porphyry style mineralization and remains untested. The area comprises a 0.75 square kilometres zone of argillic and quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration hosted by augite-hornblende diorite to granodiorite with roof pendants of hornblende monzonite. A significant colour anomaly is also evident. The area was surveyed by 3-D Induced Polarization (IP) methods in 2008 and generated a chargeability anomaly greater than 50MV/V at its core which is open at depth. The area is to be the focus of four (4) core holes that are proposed to intersect the chargeability anomaly longitudinally and at depth.

Figure 1: Locations of 4 Proposed drill holes at the Chanchero target, relative to the outline/projected shape of the greater at than 50MV/V chargeability anomaly as defined by the 2008 3-D Induced Polarization survey.

  • The ‘Iron Skarn’ zone is an AI generated target Gold anomaly which occurs along a pronounced structure and is located along strike from existing shallow artisanal gold workings. A single core hole is to be orientated to intersect the structure at depth below the projected level of the adjacent historical workings.

The Phase 1 program is to consist of 1,500 meters of core drilling is expected to be completed by mid December (2020) and assays are expected to be received in mid to late January (2021).

In addition to the drilling program, the company intends to complete a systematic sampling program over the remaining target areas identified by the AI analysis. Limited ground truth sampling on three of the AI targets produced sample results including 10.32 and 5.79 grams per tonnes gold at the Cobalt zone, and another series of nine (9) samples that graded between 0.77 percent to 3.23 percent Copper. In addition to wider surface sampling in areas where no surface indications are visible the company plans to conduct localized IP.

Figure 2: Tierra De Oro property CARDS target model-A for Copper anomalism

Figure 3: Tierra De Oro property CARDS target model-A for Gold anomalism

Figure 4: Chanchero 3D IP anomalism

“We were excited to commence drilling on TDO. In particular we believe the AI guidance will focus our search and enhance our odds of drilling success. Chanchero the large IP anomaly was home of the Chanchero Gold Rush in Chile in the early 1900s and we believe it is possible the large IP anomaly could be the causative source of that mineralization. It’s the type of drill hole Junior Miners dream about. We have de-risked it as much as we can and now we await the results of the Assays which we would expect towards the end of January,” commented Terry Lynch, Chilean Metals’ CEO.

All three of the company’s projects benefit significantly from exceptional infrastructure and access. Chilean Metals’ management team brings decades of experience and an extensive track record of success in mining exploration and resource development. The company plans to leverage technological innovation as well as C$3 million in completed financing to further develop its diverse portfolio of assets.

Management Team

Peter Kent — Chairman

Formerly with the TecSyn Group of Companies, at which he was Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Peter brings over 25 years of business experience regarding complex business and legal affairs. In addition to his time at Tecsyn, Peter was also a corporate commercial lawyer at Bassel Sullivan, a Toronto-based boutique law firm.

Terry Lynch — CEO

Terry Lynch graduated in 1981 from St. Francis Xavier University with a joint honours degree in Economics and BBA. Prior to becoming a director with International PBX Ventures in 2012, Lynch had been CEO of privately held Nevada-focused Relief Gold. He also had been a director and later CEO of TSX-listed Firstgold Corp. He assumed the CEO position after the company had run into financial difficulty bringing its Relief Canyon mine into production. He arranged a sale of 51 percent of the company for a total capital injection of $26.5 million from Northwest Non-Ferrous Metals, one of China’s largest mining engineering and consulting groups.

From 2005 to 2008, Lynch was a partner with Kingsmill Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm specializing in advising public and private early stage growth companies. Prior to joining Kingsmill Capital, he spent 15 years operating startup companies in industrial products, oil and gas and media. Mr Lynch is currently a director and co-founder of Cardiol Therapeutics.

Greg McKenzie — Director

Greg McKenzie is a senior investment banker with 20 years of experience in financing, M&A, financial advisory, valuation and strategic advice primarily to mid-cap companies. His transactions are valued in excess of $18 billion. McKenzie has worked in New York and Toronto and has held positions with Morgan Stanley, CIBC World Markets, Haywood Securities and Salman Partners. While at these firms, Greg advised management and boards of companies in various sectors including: metals and mining, industrials, consumer products, technology and healthcare. McKenzie was also called to the bar in New York and Ontario and practiced law with a leading Canadian securities and M&A law firm.

Ximena Perez — Managing Director of Chile

Ximena Perez has 13 years of experience in Chile as an exploration and production geologist, the first five years of which she spent as a production geologist in underground mining in Cu. She developed a career as an Exploration Geologist with extensive experience in drilling program supervision, data management and geological modeling. She participated in the exploration for the expansion of Skarn Las Cenizas (Cu-Ag), Talcuna (stratabound and veins Cu-Au), Punitaqui (stratabound and veins Cu-Ag-Au) and Dayton (epithermal of Au), in the latter two as Chief Exploration Geologist.

Perez has experience in exploration consultancies for medium-sized mining, as well as independent work in resource inventories. She has served as Exploration Geologist for Chilean Metals Inc., and since 2018 she has been Managing Director Chile in the company.

Les Mallard — Director

Les Mallard is a graduate from The University of Prince Edward Island with a BA in Economics. He has spent over 30 years in the Canadian Produce Industry employed in various capacities with Chiquita Canada and Chiquita Brands North America. After retiring from Chiquita in 2017, he started Mallard Produce Solutions, a produce consulting company focused on providing North American and Latin American clients with business solutions to expand their market potential. Les is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Hydroponic Life.

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