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Agri Worker Household Census reveals a dire need for optometrists in rural WC

The Western Cape’s Department of Agriculture on Thursday released the Agri Worker Household Census.

The census covered 2 991 farms, 11 028 households and 42 928 residents participated.

According to MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, the research aims to create a picture of how families who earn their living in the agricultural sector are living.

The research revealed that about 8.5% had a matric certificate and 11 000 had poor eyesight.

With this research we can see where the health and education gaps are and it gives us a good baseline on which to work.

— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities

We have established that an optometrist is needed in these areas.

— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities

Winde says the information collected has been passed on to other departments to see where they can step in to assist.

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