KUCHING: The third International Orchid Show 2015 can help in promoting more orchid hybrid species through research with local and international delegates.
Despite not being able to attend the launching of the show, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the event was a platform to increase knowledge about orchids and also to exchange expertise in order to produce more extraordinary hybrids for the future.
In conjunction with the yearly City Day celebration in August, the orchid show saw the participation of 17 teams from 13 countries – Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mayanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“Borneo is rich in biodiversity and indigenous orchid species are plenty. Some are yet to be discovered and some are yet to be known.
“I urge orchid enthusiasts and academics to mount research and development activities and to produce new hybrid orchids from our reservoir of indigenous species,” said Adenan in his written speech presented by Tourism and Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Johari Tun Abang Openg at the Orchid Park.
He said the orchid show was to showcase the orchids from all over the world and to provide a venue of opportunities for networking, selling, buying and meeting potential business partners from the participating countries.
“The gathering is of great significance to orchid lovers as well as related investment, business and academic sectors in orchid industries.
“The show provides opportunities for individuals to learn from the international experts for the latest methods, approaches and technologies about how to plant orchids,” Adenan added.
Kuching North City Hall mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said the show was the best platform for Sarawak to show to the world that it was united and would continue to build a name for itself in orchids at local and international levels.
“It also provides avenue for our local orchid fans to see the new species of orchids not found in some other countries.
“It will not only benefit orchid lovers but also the younger generation who will be able to explore and learn to appreciate the wonders of nature,” he said in his welcoming speech.
The last international orchid show in 2013 had been a significant event in the Sarawak tourism calendar, attracting nearly 9,000 visitors.
The orchid show ends tomorrow. Entrance is free of charge.