Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Services Program(IRP) written in English, Dari and Pashto
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On the Road in Kandahar I
On the Road in Kandahar Province I

The following are clips from Episode 2: Kandahar Province I of On the Road ("Hai Maidan Tai Maidan"), an innovative Afghan national TV program which showcases the diversity of Afghanistan and the progress being made in the country's development. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the weekly television series features a different region each week. The 26-episode series highlights Afghanistan’s pivotal role in the region as a traders’ route and examines the historical relevance of roads and development to local economic growth, education, and access to services. Tolo TV began airing the On the Road series on November 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM (local Kabul time). On the Road is a combined effort of the U.S. Government, the Moby Media Group and The Louis Berger Group/Black & Veatch Joint Venture.

On The Road in Kandahar Province: Welcome to the City

This brief introduction to Kandahar Province highlights the history of the region and some of its past leaders. In other clips, host Mujeeb Arez continues to explore the region by visiting a local electrical plant, artistic communities and a local pomegranate orchard.

On The Road in Kandahar Province: Visit to a Pomegranate Orchard

With the support of USAID and the international community, local farmers are finding greater market opportunities to sell their products and gain a reputation for producing high quality goods. Afghan national TV host Mujeeb travels to the Arghandab district known for producing pomegranates. The local gardener jokes that the pomegranate fruit is often called the wonder fruit for not only the health benefits, but the economic benefits it brings as well.

On The Road in Kandahar Province: Visit to Kajakai Dam

Traveling to remote Helmand Province, Afghan national TV host Mujeeb Arez meets the team of local Afghan engineers who are maintaining the Kajakai Dam power house which provides nearly 1.7 million residents of Helmand and Kandahar provinces with electricity. Mujeeb joins the team inside the power house to activate the newly rehabilitated third turbine which brings the plant up to full operating capacity.

On The Road in Kandahar Province: Literary Culture

Kandahar has a long history of famous poets and authors. Afghan national TV host Mujeeb Arez meets various groups who take pride in their countrys literature and are finding more opportunities to pass this rich history to the younger generation. More and more, people are beginning to rediscover enjoyment again in traditional literature and music.

On The Road in Kandahar Province: Traditional Dinner

Afghan national TV host Mujeeb Arez joins local Kandaharis for a meal where they discuss local cuisine and customs. Soup is a staple in the region which is often comprised of many fresh vegetables and especially mutton. As more infrastructure is updated in the area, Kandaharis are reaping the benefits of higher quality products at cheaper prices.


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