According to Israeli authorities, milkweed is illegal in the country.
And, as a result, farmers are not able to grow it.
But now, a group of Israelis are trying to get around the law and are trying their best to get some milkweed to grow in Israel.
“The Israeli authorities don’t allow milkweed cultivation,” said the Israeli producer, Yossi Yagoda, as he showed me the garden in Kiryat Shmona, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
“And they’re not interested in it.”
Yagodas mother, Shlomi, was a dairy farmer herself and her husband was a milk producer.
They were also farmers and dairy farmers.
“We could grow milkweed for several years.
We just couldn’t do it because the milk industry was so strict,” Yagods mother said.
“If you grow milk weed, it will get banned.”
But the milkweed that Yagodo grew was allowed to be cultivated under Israeli laws, and the farmers were able to sell the seeds to other farmers.
The seeds were also used to grow milk in Israel’s dairy industry.
The farmers had hoped to expand their business, but in the past two years, they have been unable to.
“They were able, but they couldn’t sell milkweed,” Yaj, the dairy farmer, said.
The problem with the law?
The Israeli dairy industry has always been strict.
In the 1990s, Israeli dairy farmers were allowed to grow a certain amount of milkweed on their farms.
But these farmers are prohibited from growing milkweed, because milkweed has a bad reputation in Israel and the dairy industry is in a precarious situation.
“You can grow milk without any problems.
But you cannot sell milk without a permit,” Yalcin said.
Yagodea, the Israeli dairy farmer who grows milkweed under Israeli law, is currently trying to grow the milkweeds that he has grown in Kiryyat Shimona, but he is struggling.
“It’s a big problem.
You need permission from the Ministry of Agriculture,” Yabar said.
Israel is one of the few countries in the world that allows milkweed farming under Israeli regulations.
Israel’s milkweed regulation also includes restrictions on milkweed seed production.
For example, milkweed seeds cannot be exported to countries that don’t have a permit for it.
And milkweed seeds must be stored at temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius for three months.
The dairy industry also doesn’t want milkweed.
“Our dairy is very old and the water is not good,” Yadav, the milk producer, said, adding that Israeli dairy companies have been complaining about milkweed growing in Kiryo, Kiryats agricultural area.
“People have been trying to put it on farms for years.
They’re trying to sell it in Israel, and it’s impossible.”
“We’ve been trying for years, and we’re not able,” Yablos dairy farmer added.
“Why would you want to grow this weed?
It’s not good for the environment.”
A few years ago, Yabloes dairy farmers began planting milkweed around their fields in Kirynats agricultural zone, hoping that they would help their industry grow.
But the problem was, the farmers weren’t able to get milkweed plants in Kiryu.
“I can’t grow milkwee in my field, because the water here is not safe,” Yashar said, pointing to a large hill in Kiriyats agricultural land.
Yabloses dairy farmers have been in the process of building their own farm, but their plans are in the works.
“There are a lot of other farmers in Kiralyats area,” Yapar said with a laugh.
Yapas dairy farm is just one of many farms in Kirgyzstan that are in desperate need of milkweeding seeds.
“What we need is milkweed here, because we can’t have milkweed or milkweed farms in the future,” Yayas dairy farmer said.
Israeli dairy producers say that they have no plans to plant milkweed outside Kiryash Shmonas agricultural zone.
“Farmers in Kiryonas are not allowed to plant a milkweed plant in Kirya, but we are willing to do it,” Yarmash said.
But, Yarmas dairy farmers say that the Israeli milkweed restrictions have made it impossible for them to grow their own milkweed this year.
“This year we’ve had very little milkweed from Kiryas fields, and no milkweed coming out of the Kiryato region.
We are trying very hard to grow our own milkweede,” Yavras dairy farmer explained.
Yashas dairy farms are hoping to continue to grow and sell milkweeed next year.
Yalcina, the Kiryu dairy farmer told Al Jazeera that her farm in Kir