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Navy reservist creates ‘Afghan Archers’ on Helmand radio

April 30, 2013

A Royal Navy reservist has created a hit radio programme in Helmand province inspired by BBC Radio 4’s popular soap opera ‘The Archers’.

Lieutenant Jo Nicholson RNR

Lieutenant Jo Nicholson of the Royal Naval Reserve [Picture: Sergeant Barry Pope, Crown copyright]

Lieutenant Jo Nicholson has put his farming background to good use while deployed in Afghanistan by creating ‘Crops and the Farmer’ – the show is broadcast in Pashto on Radio Tamadoon and provides advice and tips for Afghan farmers.

Radio Tamadoon is a community radio station run by ISAF for the local people of Helmand, presented by local Afghan DJs.

Working as an Afghan Engagement Specialist in Headquarters Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, 42-year-old Lieutenant Nicholson recognised the potential for a farming programme in Helmand, where the economy is based on agriculture.

Unlike ‘The Archers’, which has regular cast of around 60, ‘Crops and the Farmer’ has only 2 main characters. Lieutenant Nicholson, of the Royal Naval Reserve, described them by saying:

The first is a wise old man called Khodai Dad. He is a village elder and represents the traditional ways of farming in Helmand. Learning from him is Tor Gul, a young man prematurely made head of the family and placed in charge of the family farm.

Continues at: GOV.UK – Navy reservist creates ‘Afghan Archers’ on Helmand radio

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2013 18:32

    A big utilily for afghan farmers, either on terms of program for agriculture than of moral aid for people prouved by years of war. On time this program may acquire more additional aspects and be perfectioned with other finality. For now he has broken a secular silence and isolation of farmers and for this we thanks Lieutenant Jo Nicholson, who has had a dirrompent idea, we thanks and honor. claudio alpaca

  2. mo3andjo7 permalink
    April 30, 2013 22:29

    FANTASTIC AND TO NO THAT OUR NAVY ARE HELPING IS GREAT. OUR FIELDS ARE ARE NOT QUITE DRY YET!! FROM THE MO AND JOTEAM SOMERSET

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