Yellow arum lilies get exposure at festival

Dec 2, 2014

SEKHUKHUNE – THE Yellow Arum Lilly Festival is an annual celebration of the yellow arum lilies that are grown in the Sekhukhune district.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) hosted this festival in the quaint town of Roossenekal on Saturday in collaboration with the Roossenekal Tourism Association.

The main objective of the festival was to promote tourism and to create awareness about these unique flowers and who people why they needed to conserve them.

Christine Ackermann, chairperson of the Roossenekal Tourism Association said the association needed to create a lot more awareness about the importance of conserving the yellow arum lilies.

“They are only found in a small region of our province and we need to take care of these flowers so that they do not become extinct.

“We also need to conserve them for future generations so that our children can know and learn about these flowers,” she said.

She encouraged people to grow yellow arum lilies and said it was a wonderful farming product.

“Never pick these flowers when you see them growing in the veld.

“We need to conserve these plants and give them the best possible chance to survive and even thrive.”

LTA representative, Mike Tauatsoala, said the LTA was proud to be part of the festival.

Although the lilies stole the show at the festival, festival goers could also enjoy a wide variety of musical entertainment and even a donkey cart ride.

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