With the announcement of the £20million Farm Nutrient Scheme to enable farmers to build slurry tanks came another war of words.
Claims were made that this was money already allocated and that the deadline for farmers to receive the money had to be completed by December 31.
There followed a brief battle which eventually saw some slackening of the deadline…and an admission that the New Year’s Eve deadline was the ending of a dispensation on nutrients set by Europe.
But, as the row heated up it emerged that the original money allocated was to come from the sale of DARD land – which owing to the collapse of property prices was no longer going to be available.
Farmers are currently scribbling out their application forms in case officials change their mind!