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Dutch envoy assures help to Pak horticulturists

The Dutch Ambassador, Dr Marcel Kurpershoek, (Click Here for Speech), has assured the Pakistani horticulturists of all help to "bring the Tulip back to Pakistan" as it will bring back beauty love and prosperity for its people.

Speaking at the late fall Tulips and other flowers show at the Embassy here on Tuesday evening, the envoy said his colleagues and the Pakistan Horticulture Board were working together on plans in this connection.

The Pakistani female flower admirers and those of the Embassy tastefully organised the simple preRamazan function and had on display colourflll Tulips and Irises specially flmvo out trom "Amsterdanl and a bouquets of fTesh flowers sent by the Quetta Flower Association. The ladies representing the flower societies of Lahore and Islamabad had worked for days to an-ange a view of what the Ambassador called a "colourful cooperation".
The reception was presided over by Sumaira Malik, Minister of State and Tourism who had visited Holland during President Pervez Musharrafs official visit to that country last month.

In her brief remarks, Ms. Malik hoped that proposed cooperation between Islamabad and Amsterdam will not only bring introduce his compatriots to a useful economic activity but also bring the two people closer.

Dr. Kurpershoek said more than four billion cut flowers and pot plants were exported trom Holland each and last year their export value amounted to about five billion dol
'Jars. This made his countrv a
"flower power", he added. And his country, the envoy declared wished to share this knowledge and expertise with Pakistan as it could be "a better field for cooperation" between the two nations.

He surprised his audience of mainly parliamentarians, diplomats, intellectual and horticulturists and florists by reciting a short poem trom Maulana Rumi in its original Persian text and then its translation that spoke of the advent of spring and the emergence of Lala (the tulip). To the amazement of many he revealed that Tulip was a native of Turkey and Central Asia and was exported to Europe some four hundred years. The great Moghul Emperor, Babar was an expert on this variety and had identified 35 different kinds of tulips.

Mr. Afaq Tiwana-Chairman PHDEB (Left)
& Peter La Graauw Consultant Floriculture (Right)
Peter La Graauw Consultant Floriculture

Ambassador also introduced to his audience Peter La Graauw, a Dutch expert on Tulips' cultivation and said he had original conceived the idea of a cooperation with Pakistan and had established first contacts.

The Chainnan of the Horticulture Board, Afaq Tiwana spoke very wamlly of the cooperation his people were receiving from Amsterdam in propagation of Tulips.

Philips, the Dutch Electronic manufacturers had on display the latest thin-screened television sets that showed the flower fields and crops of Holland and also the scenic beauty and tourist attractions of that country.

A group of Pakistani instrumentalists, playing themes of various national songs, remained in attendance.



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