FARMERS yesterday dismissed an offer of more money to install animal waste treatment facilities as a government attempt to fool them into closing their businesses. A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department said the revised scheme represented the culmination ''of years of considerable effort and compromise''. The scheme includes an increase in the capital grant offered to farmers to finance waste treatment systems. Under the new scheme, farmers will receive $225 per square metre of their farms, instead of $120. And if they accept the grant, but after a year find they still cannot afford adequate treatment equipment, they will remain eligible for an ex-gratia payment as compensation for leaving the land. The scheme also allows the gradual tightening of standards over three years to give farmers time to meet the requirements. ''At the moment very few farmers meet waste treatment standards or are even attempting too,'' the spokesman said. He said standards could have been met long ago but efforts to meet them had been continually stymied by farmers' objections. Chairman of the Joint Conference of Agricultural Associations Leung Chik said yesterday: ''The increase seems to be encouraging but it is insufficient and still far from our demands.'' He was angry that farmers would receive $550 a square metre in compensation if their farms were closed for business, compared with the $225 per square metre offered to install waste treatment systems. Mr Leung warned farmers would close to get the special allowance and then reopen their farms again. ''It is contradictory and unreasonable. The money in the revised scheme cannot cover the cost of installing waste disposal facilities.''