THE Province of Aurora is claimed to have the biggest concentration of coconut trees in Luzon, a fact not known to many people. It is said to have more coconut trees than the provinces of Quezon and Laguna. Some 14,000 hectares are planted to coconut in Baler, the capital town, alone.
Sen. Edgardo Angara told us during our visit to Aurora on February 17 that no less than 50 trucks every week deliver buko or young coconut to buyers in Central Luzon up to as far as Laoag City in Ilocos Norte.
Baler is said to be the source of raw materials for “bukayo” makers in Pangasinan. Sen. Angara added that Aurora is also the main source of coconut seedlings for planting. Last year, 16,000 seedlings were produced in Aurora.