Dairy farmers in Israel say they may be unable to meet rapidly growing demand for milk products. Ha'aretz reports that there could be a shortage of milk as early as next year.
Local demand for milk products rose by 6.5 percent in 2006, and that figure is expected to increase further this year.
The Israel Dairy Board and the Economics Division of the Kibbutz Movement are currently exploring all possible solutions to the situation. Kibbutz farmers produce the vast majority of Israel's milk.
One measure being considered is sanctions against those farmers who have for years failed to meet their milk quotas.
Interestingly, farmers in the vicinity of the southern town of Sderot have managed to maintain their milk production, despite constant rocket barrages from nearby Palestinian-controlled Gaza.