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Andhra Pradesh: Fund nod to bio-toilets on fishing boats July 27,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has cleared the decks for funding the installation of bio-toilets on board 2,180 mechanised fishing boats in the state. NFDB will finance the project under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampad Yojna scheme.

“Our survey on what needs to be done to maintain hygiene onboard following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic revealed that bio-toilets on board are the need of the hour. We had approached a few agencies specialised in installing bio-toilets and drew up an expenditure plan. Funds have been sanctioned and we will now focus on the project,” Arijili Dasu, executive secretary of Visakhapatnam District Fishermen’s Youth Welfare Association told TOI.

On May 26, Union minister of fisheries Giriraj Singh announced the PMMSY scheme and termed it as “a scheme to bring about Blue Revolution through sustainable and responsible development of fisheries sector in India, with the highest ever investment of Rs 20,050 crores.” Construction of bio-toilets on fishing vessels is a key feature of this scheme.

On June 25, TOI reported that fisheries associations in the state had drawn up a proposal to set up bio-toilets on board all mechanised boats and were in talk with NFDB for funds. Mechanised boats normally stay at sea for seven to

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