Kenyans should actively support the development and protection of endangered species of orchids, Cabinet Secretary of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.
The CS noted that Kenyan orchids are beautiful, coveted and their native habitat includes the famous Maasai Mara ecosystem and further exploitation of the endangered species should be stopped to allow their flourishing.
She was speaking during the official opening of the Kenyan Orchid Society’s annual show at the Sarit Centre, Nairobi which was presided over by the First Lady, Mrs Margaret Kenyatta.
Prof Wakhungu lauded the Kenya orchid society for partnering with the friends of Karura Forest in an effort to propagate the perennial plant by reintroducing many species of indigenous orchids. She added that, her ministry will endeavor to build a deeper relationship between orchid enthusiasts and the Kenyan Orchid Society.
Mrs Kenyatta noted that the event was one of the many ways that Kenyans could show greater appreciation for the environment as patriots as well as global citizens and called for the development of the Kenyan orchids within the tourism industry.