Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sabah has more than 1,000 species of orchids

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is blessed with more than 1,000 species of orchids growing in the wild and is also famous for its Slipper and Butterfly orchids.

Yet ironically, Sabah remains a net importer of cut orchid flowers with florists and hotels displaying blooms that were likely to have originated from the peninsula, said Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Yahya Hussin at the launch of the four-day orchid exhibition held at Star City here yesterday.

Hence, the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) master plan has called for the acceleration of the State agriculture sector through an emphasis on high-value and high-potential products such as aquaculture, non-timber products and horticulture, which includes orchid cultivation, he said.

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