History

       Pyrgoi ( Kastranitsa ), one of the most historic towns of West Macedonia, is located in the nothern part of Municipality

of Vermio and was inhabited since ancient times.

     According to the archaeologist Mrs Georgia Karamitrou who conducted excavations in 1995, there are finds in the area

that date back to the bronze and iron ages. The excavations revealed a Macedonian tomb that dates back to 300 B.C.

 

      Monuments of the Roman era or even older are the two stone bridges that still exist today, the bridge of Alexander,

as well as the bridge of Kastro that is most likely related to the nearby castle which was characterized as an

archaeological area in 1930 following the efforts of the historian Mr Keramopoulos.

 

                

                       BRIDGE OF KASTRO                                                                                       BRIDGE OF ALEXANDER

 

       After the end of the civil war that brought much suffering to the population, the locals managed through hard work and

diligence to rebuild from the ruins the village that today has around 1.200 inhabitants. The state recognised the holocaust

and proclaimed Pyrgoi a martyr community by presidential decree.

     Nowadays, mainly thanks to the proffesional growing of apple trees and the expoitation of the European programmes,

the Municipal Unit of Pyrgoi is in good economic condition.

 

 

Agricultural Cooperative of Pyrgoi

 

 

 

      During the 1930s and the formation of the first Cooperatives in Greece, the Agricultural Cooperative of Pyrgoi was

established.

     In the 1950s, the Agicultural Cooperative built the first cheese dairy in the area.

     In 1979 it was renamed "Agricultural Credit Cooperative".

     In 1982 it was renamed S.E.P.O.P. (Fruit Product Processing and Sale Cooperative) and embarked on a dynamic

course of development in all sectors.

     The apple cultivation that was mostly traditional did not exceed 120 hectares. In 1984 the Cooperative got its first

major infrastructure, building a refrigerator with a capacity of 40.000 containers or 760 tonnes that covered the needs

of the members to a considerable degree. In a relatively short period of time, the 120 hectares of apple cultivation

have today increased to around 550.

     In 1999 the Cooperative built a new state-of-the-art refrigerator with 7 controlled atmosphere storage chambers

with a capacity of 70.000 containers or 1.500 tonnes, in accordance with regulation 866/97 of the EU. In addition,

a sorter with a throughput of 8 tonnes per hour was purchased.

     The Cooperative is active in the distribution of fertilizers and agricultural chemicals to its members and provides

them with technical support and services.

     Since 2000, the Cooperative has also constituted a Grower Group recognised by the EU in which all the

members of the Cooperative take part.

     An important fact that characterises the apple growers of Pyrgoi is that their majority are women.

     The agricultural exploitation of the area has the typical structure of the arboricultural exploitations.

The largest profit of this type of eploitation comes from arboriculture.