THE new chair of Isle of Wight NFU is well known to many within the rural community.

Robyn Munt is a farm secretary and mother-of-two, from Parkwater Farm, Newport, and is the daughter of sheep farmers Les and Carol Morris.

Robyn is married to Ryan Munt who, together with his business partner, Marcus Rickard, owns and runs MR Agri - the Isle of Wight Claas machinery dealership, near Newport.

She said: "I’m looking forward to a phased relaxation of Covid regulations so our everyday lives can begin to return to normal.

“As farmers, I believe we not only produce high quality food, but are both the managers and custodians of many of the Island’s stunning landscapes that have been farmed for centuries."

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During the pandemic, the Island’s food system has come into its own, with consumers valuing a safe and secure supply of food available from local businesses.

Mrs Munt backed the Island’s Young Farmers’ Club and believes in education about food and farming, such as the programme delivered by NFU Education.

She added: “It think it is important our children and young people know where their food comes from and teachers know where to find reputable online resources about farming and food – all of which are available at NFUEducation.

"Island farmers take great pride in showcasing what they are doing and a number of our members regularly host educational visits on their farms, ensuring the next generation grows up valuing agriculture.”

Following the NFU’s annual conference last month, Robyn Munt took up the reins as NFU chairman from livestock farmer Matt Legge, of Duxmore, near Newport.