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10-MW solar power plant to be built in Kandahar

A 10-megawatt solar power plant, the first of its capacity in Afghanistan, is now under construction near the city of Kandahar after a ceremonial groundbreaking event featuring government officials and representatives of the country’s national utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat

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Kandahar’s pomegranates exports expected to increase by 34%

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) have predicted a 34% increase in pomegranate exports of southern Kandahar province in 2016. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Kandahar during the current season of pomegranates has already exported 20,000

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1,655 tons of Kandahar pomegranates exported to Pakistan and India

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), 1,655 tons of Kandahar pomegranates were exported to India and Pakistan this year. The farmers have freshly started harvesting pomegranates in Kandahar, where cultivation of the fruit has increased by

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USAID funds new facilities to advance agricultural education in Kanadahar

A new agriculture demonstration farm and research facility will be set up at the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in Kandahar with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The demonstration farm will be used

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Ban on Pakistani currency proves to be a success in Kandahar

Kandahar has witnessed the lowest usage of Pakistani Rupee in the past few weeks following the imposition of a ban on the foreign currency. A staunch campaign against Pakistani currency was launched throughout the province to help boost the value

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Electricity remains consistent in Kandahar City and Lashkar Gah during summer upgrades to Kajaki

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national electricity utility company of Afghanistan, informs its customers that beginning August 10 the power that Kandahar and Lashkar Gah residents are receiving comes from an alternative source of fuel purchased by DABS to

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How a General helped increase value of Afghani currency against US dollar

Sarai Shahzada, Afghanistan’s largest money exchange market in capital Kabul, witnessed a drastic decline in US dollar value against the Afghani today. The Afghani currency was  lingering at close to 70 AFN against the US dollar for months. Today, the

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Efforts underway to ban Pakistani Rupees in Afghanistan

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s central bank, endeavors to ban usage of Pakistani Rupees in Afghanistan. Currently, Pakistani Rupees (known as ‘Kaldar’ in Afghanistan), is commonly used in southern provinces of Afghanistan including Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. Economic

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Government suspends bidding on magnetite and marble stone mines in Kandahar

Kandahar Governor Dr. Humayun Azizi announced on Tuesday that the bidding process and contract signing for two precious stone mines have been suspended due to insecurity in the area. Addressing a weekly meeting with the government officials and Provincial Council

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Launch of a new marketplace in Kandahar kicks off

The Afghan government has begun the launch of a new marketplace in southern Kandahar province in an effort to provide work opportunities for hundreds of people. The municipality launched construction work on the marketplace on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended

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Herat University gets new Media Operations Center

The  Herat University Faculty of Journalism has opened a new Media Operations Center (MOC) with support from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The MOC contains classrooms for Journalism classes as well as television, radio, and print studios. These facilities allow

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Afghanistan exports 40,000 tons of pomegranates worth USD 10mn

Afghanistan has exported 40,000 tons of pomegranates worth USD 10mn to Pakistan, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Haji Nasrullah, provincial head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said 10,000 tons of the exported pomegranates have been registered

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Chinese ambassador meets with businessmen in Kandahar

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Den Xijung during his visit to southern Kandahar province met with local officials and businessmen and called for boosting Sino-Afghan relations. He described Kandahar as a historic province and said his visit was aimed at assessing

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ANASTU : India furthers assistance in southern Afghanistan

The Government of India organized the first ever tele-conference lecture for Afghanistan National Agricultural Sciences and Technology University (ANASTU) on 2nd February, 2015 at Kandahar University campus. Based on ANASTU’s request, the premier Indian agricultural institution – Indian Agricultural Research

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Development projects implemented in Kandahar

National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development recently completed 33 development projects in Arghandab, Boldak, Panjwayee, Zhari, Maruf, Shah Walikot, and Shorabak districts of Kandahar province and handed over to the people. According to the provincial

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Welfare projects executed in districts of Kandahar

With a cost of 16 million AFN, 15 projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Maruf, Shawalikot, Panjwayee, Arghistan and Shorabak districts of Kandahar province and handed over to

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17-km road to be built in Kandahar

A  17-km road , connecting Kandahar Airport to the central city, is to be built to develop the area’s transportation system. Kandahar Governor Toryalai Wesa said the road would be completed within two years and would be equipped with street

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2 dams to be built in Helmand and Kandahar provinces

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has earmarked USD 103mn for construction of two dams in southern Afghanistan: one in Spin Boldak border town of Kandahar and one in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province. A senior Ministry official

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Spring tree-plantation drive begins in Helmand

Helmand Governor Muhammad Naeem planted the first sapling to mark the beginning of the spring tree-plantation drive on Saturday. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, he said seedlings were being delivered free of cost to the municipality and other organizations by the

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Kandahar collects 900 million AFN in revenue this year

Kandahar revenue department has collected over 900 million AFN in revenue from local businesses and shopkeepers this year, compared to last year’s 836 million AFN. The province was unable to generate sufficient revenue in the past due to absence of

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A new master plan for Spin Boldak district in the pipeline

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Officials in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan have announced to execute a new urban development master plan in Spin Boldak district in the near future. The survey work of the master plan, which was completed two years

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Major business conference to lure investment to be held in Kandahar

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal announced on Thursday that a big conference aimed at luring investment would be held in Kandahar and would be attended by foreign and local investors. The announcement was made during his visit to Kandahar

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Afghan women handicrafts displayed in Kandahar

The department of women’s affairs and information and culture has sponsored a 3-day exhibition of handicrafts made by women in southern Kandahar city. The exhibition is aimed at finding markets for women’s handicrafts. “Hundreds of different kinds of handicrafts are

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5 new factories opened in Kandahar’s Industrial Park

Five more factories have been established in the industrial park of Kandahar, where there are 72 factories already operating. According to the officials, 28 more factories are being established. The five new factories include shoe-making, cooking oil and steel melting.

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Development projects completed in various provinces

A new surgical ward, built at a cost of USD 5mn, was inaugurated in the Deh Rawud district of central Uruzgan province on Wednesday. The inaugural ceremony was attended by provincial and district officials along with a large number of

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