Farmers stage protest in Brussels over low prices and Russian embargo while EU agriculture ministers meet to discuss the current difficulties faced in several agricultural sectors, including the pig meat, dairy and fruit and vegetables sectors. Hayley Platt reports.
Furious farmers took to the streets of Brussels. Clashing with police as they sprayed hundreds of litres of milk at the European Parliament They're protesting about overproduction which is driving prices down. And Russia's ban on EU food imports. The combination, they say, is robbing them of their livelihood. The protest took place as European agriculture ministers met to discuss the problem. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH AGRICULTURE MINISTER, STEPHANE LE FOLL, SAYING: "If we don't take stock of the problem, if we cannot coordinate and consult with each other better at EU level, we will head toward an even more critical situation than the one we have at the moment." The problems began in 2014 when the EU and US imposed sanctions against Russia over its interference in Ukraine's internal affairs. Since then farmers, particularly French ones, have staged multiple protests. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH AGRICULTURE MINISTER, STEPHANE LE FOLL, SAYING: "There is no such thing as a 'last chance' meeting. There's only a will to fight until the end to obtain solutions. That is what I am going to do." France and Germany are expected to jointly call for a decrease in milk production. However, the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden are reluctant to adopt market regulation measures. ///