Bart Blanco’s passion for ‘dates’ gets recognized by Batangas gov’t
The provincial government of Batangas has recognized 5th district Board Member Bart Blanco as an advocate for agriculture because of his passion for growing the fruit dates.
Blanco received the award from Vice Governor Mark Leviste, 5th District Senior Board Member Claudette Ambida-Alday and Provincial Agriculturist, Engr. Pablito Balantac on August 14 at the Provincial Auditorium, Capitol Compound, Batangas City.
In his speech, Blanco said he became interested in growing dates when he saw them being sold overseas.
From having only a few date palm trees in 2008, Blanco’s eight-hectare farm in Batangas has now over 11,000 trees.
He urged the provincial government to extend assistance to farmers so they will be encouraged to grow food.
“Pagsasaka o agrikultura pa rin ang magdidikta ng ekonomiya ng isang komunidad, probinsya at ng buong bansa,” he said.
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