Police fire water cannon at Brussels farmers protest

STORY: Around 100 tractors were parked around the European Union institutions' headquarters ahead of planned speeches, a short distance from where agricultural ministers were to meet.

The road leading from the EU district to central Brussels was clogged by columns of tractors. Police had cordoned off a wide area surrounding EU buildings, where EU member states' agriculture ministers were arriving to discuss what more they can do to respond to farm workers' demands.

Farmers across Europe have staged weeks of protests to demand action from policymakers on an array of pressures they say the sector is under - from cheap supermarket prices and low-cost imports that undercut local producers, to strenuous EU environmental rules.