Just days after writing to over 3,000 farmers informing them that they had four weeks to repay monies claimed under the BEAM scheme before incurring a 3% interest charge, the Department of Agriculture has this week – without any notice – clawed the money back from ANC and TAMS payments.

The move not only exposes a level disconnect within the Department of Agriculture but also a total lack of understanding as to how critical these payments are in allowing farmers pay farm and household bills.