Sarawak Orchid Society to help conserve state’s floral heritage

Juma'ani (fifth from right) in a photo with the members of SARORSO during a courtesy visit.

KUCHING, Jan 3: Sarawak Orchid Society (Sarorso) is focussing its attention on conserving Sarawak’s indigenous species of orchids and promoting public awareness of their existence.

Its president, Zurenawatte Zaidil, said the idea was to create greater awareness of the state’s floral heritage.

Sarorso is currently also on the lookout for new habitats for rescued orchids and fostering the interest of youths in local indigenous orchids.

“We want to initiate and support the development of sustainable community enterprise, conservation and education,” she said in a statement today to announce their courtesy call on the Chief Minister’s wife, Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, at the Chief Minister’s official residence recently.

Juma’ani has been appointed Sarorso’s first patron and conferred the title ‘Ibu Konservasi Orkid Negeri – IKON 1′.

During the visit, Juma’ani and Sarorso members, comprising professionals in various fields and hobbyists, exchanged views on issues relating to orchids in Sarawak, including ways to further strengthened skills and knowledge on their conservation, preservation and propagation. — DayakDaily