The core of the problem is the issue of land expropriation without compensation, which has farmers throwing caution to the wind before making any considerable investment in their farms.
The countrywide drought has also negatively affected the agricultural sector as farmers have lost crops or had to cull their livestock.
The national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presented its performance plan to Parliament’s committee on agriculture.
Director for statistics and economic analysis Ellen Matsei said the land expropriation talks had triggered great instability. “Land expropriation is a stumbling block. Farmers feel there is too much uncertainty and they want to move forward, but they have decided not to because they want to see how things turn out,” she said.