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Frustrated farmers protest in Brussels over falling milk and meat prices


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Frustrated farmers protest in Brussels over falling milk and meat prices

Angry farmers are taking to the streets of Brussels to protest over falling milk and meat prices.

Arriving on tractors, they have brought the city centre to a standstill.

The action comes as agriculture ministers prepare to attend an emergency meeting, where they will try to thrash out a solution to the price problems.

“We’re here because of the low milk prices. They’re falling even further. It can’t go on like this, farmers can’t take any more,” said one demonstrating German farmer.

Some farmers have been upping the pressure on governments to provide more direct help.

There are also calls for quotas to be brought back to help ease the pain. But in a recent interview with euronews, the EU’s agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan ruled out such a move.

Speaking from the protest in Brussels, euronews reporter Sandor Zsiros said: “The European Commission has said that it won’t negotiate over a repeat implementation of the quota system, but that there might be other solutions. However, the details of those solutions are unclear at the moment.”

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