Sarawak setting up orchid garden with an eye on export market

Sarawak's Forest Department will develop an orchid garden to research the potential of local species for commercial cultivation.

The state's Premier, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, said he was allocating RM5mil to the department for an initial funding of the garden.

He said Borneo orchids were unique and could potentially be produced for export. "Perhaps we can even cross-breed our orchid species, but this requires research."

"So I would like the Forest Department to set up the orchid garden for research purposes," he told reporters after launching the state's International Day of Forests celebration at the Industrial Forest Research Centre here on Tuesday, June 28.

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