Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) — The Kunming China, World Floriculture Fair ’99 awarded the “grand” prize, its highest prize, and certificate to the Kimjongilia.
The world largest fair was participated in by 69 countries and 26 international organizations and exhibited at least 2,400 species of flowers and other plants.
A gold medal and a special prize went to the flower at the 12th international flower show in May, Juche 80 (1991).
The repeated conferment of the highest prize upon Kimjongilia is a clear proof of humankind’s deep respect and reverence for General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
Now Kimjongilia is praised by the world people as “‘king’ of flowers”, “world famous flower representing the era” and “sun’s flower loved by the world.”
The flower has been spread to at least 60 countries for more than 10 years since it was raised by Japanese gardener Mototeru Kamo in February, 1988 to mark the birthday of Kim Jong Il.
Foreign figures from 108 countries have visited the DPRK and taken so far over 5,600 roots of the flower.
Kimjongilia green houses opened in China, Mongolia and Madagascar for its propagation and distribution and the Kimjongilia Lover’s Society of Japan, the Kimjongilia Association of Mongolia and the Nordic Kimjongilia Association were founded against the backdrop of the growing world concern for the flower.
For its rarity and beauty Kimjongilia got highest appreciation at the Nordic Flower Show held in March, 1995 and was awarded the highest prize at the Jilin, China, flower show held in August, 1997.
Many foreigners, after seeing the flower, said in unison that the flower which no other flowers can match is a flower that belongs to a great man and should go only with the august name of Kim Jong Il and the world people’s love of this immortal flower will grow more fervent as days go by.
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