OVERVIEW OF PRILEP
Prilep is a city located in northern Pelagonian valley, in southern Macedonia. There are 73,925 inhabitans and an area of 1.675 km2. It is located 128 km (airline) from the capital town – Skopje. Prilep is known as “the city under Marko’s Towers” because of its proximity to the towers of the legendary hero King Marko (in Prilep referred to as Prince Marko). Prilep is the center of production of high quality tobacco and cigarettes, metal proccessing, electronic, wood, textile, food and marble industry.
The tobacco is one of Prilep’s traditional cultures that thrives in the Macedonian climate. Many of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturers use Prilep tobacco after being processed in their local factories. When the Tobacco Institute for creating new types of tobacco was founded in Prilep, that was the first example of the application of genetics in agriculture in the Balkans. Most of the inhabitans in Prilep are engaged with tobacco production, which is then purchased from Tutunski Kombinat AD Prilep in Prilep. In 2011 in Prilep field were produced 7321 tons of tobacco which represents 28% of the total quantity of tobacco produced in Macedonia.
Besides tobacco production in Prilep, there are also Prilepska Pivarnica AD, Mermeren Kombinat AD as large industrial enterprises , then there is also the high tech industry “Mikrosam” which is known for its large number of produced robots and various technological inventions, many furniture factories, construction materials and military equipment.
Prilep is known for its “Beer Fest” – beer festival with a great attendance and a variety of domestic and foreign stage guests. There were 300,000 visitors in 2012 counted during the three days of the festival.
Some of the renowned Prilep citizens are :
(1335 – 1395), King Marko, a medieval ruler;
(1864 – 1921), Gjorche Petrov, a Macedonian revolutionary, one of the leaders of The Central Committee of VMRO;
(1902 – 1957), Metodi Andonov – Chento, first president of the ASNOM;
(1915 – 1943), Mirche Acev, National Hero of Yugoslavia;
(1921 – 1993), Blaze Koneski Macedonian renaissance poet and the father of the Macedonian language and literature;
Prilep is twinned with: Asenovgrad, Bulgaria; Radom, Poland; Garfield, USA; Topolcani, Slovakia; Vincent, Australia; Tyre, Turkey and Chernigov, Ukraine.
Since the 16th century, tobacco seed has travelled all the world’s continents, selecting those regions whose warm climate, sun and hard-working people would enable it to yield its secret. Those to whom the tobacco company revealed this secret have found in it the reason for their continuing labour. Such is the case in Prilep – the aim is always to improve, be more successful, achieve better quality, be more unique and so for the last 400 years, the history of Prilep and its surrounding area has been linked to tobacco.