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Indian fishermen skeptical about success of bio-toilets on boats by Suresh Golani December 24,2020   |  Source: Free Press Journal

In order to address sanitation issues and minimize sea pollution levels, the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) of India has floated a project mandating the installation of bio-toilets onboard mechanized fishing boats.

However, the fishing community is skeptical about the success of the project as clarity eludes key aspects- mainly in context to facilities towards the on-land scientific disposal of the liquid sewage that will emanate from the digester tanks of the bio-toilets.

After conducting a survey to chalk out steps needed to be taken for maintaining on-board hygiene following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fisheries department decided to install bio-toilets in mechanized fishing boats that use six or more high-powered cylinder engines.

The project was launched under the aegis of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)- a flagship scheme of the central government aimed at focused and sustainable development of the fisheries sector in all states and union territories across the country.

“The project looks good on paper, however, ground realities have not been taken into account it seems. A major challenge is the safe disposal of the accumulated liquid waste once the boat returns from its fishing voyage. Are local civic bodies


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