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The Prefecture of Drama Today

The Prefecture of Drama lies on the northeastern edge of Greece n the border with Bulgaria. In terms of natural environment it is the richest prefecture. It is surrounded by the Rhodopi mountain range to the north, the Menikio range and the Orvilos range to the west, Mount Pangeo to the south and the Lekani Mountains to the east. The mountainous massif which dominates the horizon is Falakro, the "mountain symbol" f Drama.
n administrative terms the prefecture falls within the Eastern Macedonia - Thrace Region and is divided into eight municipalities (Drama, Kato Nevrokopi, Prosotsani, Nikiforos, Paranesti, Doxato, Kalambaki and Sitagri) and one community (Sidironero).
Essentially the prefecture is agricultural. There are large cultivated areas in the plains which extend over the southern part f the prefecture. Full exploitation of water resources (particularly n the Nestos and Angitis rivers and the Kefalari springs) and the use f modern cultivation techniques have significantly improved the agrarian economy in recent years.
The products cultivated are mainly cereals, cotton, tomatoes produced intensively, tobacco, grapevines, fruit and vegetables. Among the most well-known products f the area are beans and potatoes from Kato Nevrokopi while the cultivation f vines in recent years has acquired a new dynamism with already well-known wines from the area achieving international recognitin.
The raising f animals plays a significant role in the Prefecture with the main form f farming being done by families n small traditional farms. The animals raised are mainly wild sheep, bovines and pigs while modern farming units are now producing dairy products f excellent quality.
However, in a prefecture the greatest part f which is covered in forests, it would be difficult for forest products to be missing from the list of what comes out of Drama. The area has the richest expanses of forest in Greece. The main forestry products coming the forests are spruce, pine, beech, oak and popular timber which is almost exclusively absorbed by local timber industries.
The largest source of revenue in the prefecture, though, is marble. Today the marble industry is one of the basic elements in the development of the area.
Marble mining and working units, among the largest and most modern in the country, have been established in the area with a large degree f exports being made to Arab countries, Europe, the USA and Japan. The prefecture's subsoil also contains valuable mineral wealth in the form f industrial minerals. Among the most important are the manganese deposits in the foothills of Mount Falakro, the uranium deposits and other industrial minerals in the area f Paranesti and the lignite fields which have been identified in the area around Mavrolefki.
The basic administrative, educational, health-care and athletic services are located in the prefectural capital, Drama. The city has modern hospitals, a network f athletics facilities with indoor gymnasiums, a swimming pl, tracks and pitches as well as the Forestry Department f the Technological Educational Institute f Kavala.
n association with active local cultural groups, a network f cultural
facilities with exhibition spaces, libraries, music schools and cinema theatres provides a variety f events for preserving local traditions and for promoting modern forms f art.
The prefecture can be reached n road or by train from Thessaloniki, by ship from Kavala and by plane via the Megas Alexandros Airport at Chrysopoli.

See also:
Map of the Perfecture of Drama
Map of the wider area of the perfecture
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