The Tripura chief minister, who made headlines for one controversial statement after another not too long ago is back with a weird logic again.
In a boat race event in the Rudrasagar lake in Tripura , CM said ducks don’t only increase the beauty of the place, but also has other benefits like –recycling of water and their swimming increases oxygen levels in the water bodies.
Biplab Dev said, he therefore wants to distribute ducks among villages in the state as they would increase rural economy.
“I have announced today that the people shall be distributed 50,000 ducks. When 50,000 safe ducks would roam around in Neermahal Lake, it would look very beautiful” he said.
#WATCH ‘Aaj maine ghoshna ki hai 50,000 desi hans (ducks) aas pass ke logon ko de diye https://t.co/JnlsyO3SZd jalasai(Neermahal Lake) mein jab 50,000 safed ducks ghumegi toh kitna sundar lagegi aur use oxygen bhi recycle hoti hai’ says Tripura CM Biplab Deb (27.8.18) pic.twitter.com/1pLzb5dsHi
— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018
The CM also told landless villagers not to worry about not having land for duck rearing.
“You don’t need to have land for rearing ducks. The government will distribute white ducklings to you. Rear them in Rudrasagar. It will be a great attraction to see thousands of white ducks swimming in the lake”, he said.
Study Supports Deb’s Statement?
State BJP spokesperson Dr Ashok Sinha also came out in support of the CM’s comment that ducks swimming in water bodies automatically raise the oxygen level of the water. Sinha slammed critics who made fun of Deb’s remarks, saying that such people were “ignorant” and that the CM was “100% right”
With reference to the FAO report, a professor of Zoology at a college in Calcutta said to TOI, “The paddling movement of ducks can help a nominal amount of atmospheric oxygen get dissolved in water,” and that the movement of ducks could help the oxygen disperse and dissolve better.
Interestingly, a study on integrated fish-duck farming published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) argues that ducks aerate the water while swimming, thus being called “biological aerators”. A 2012 study published by The Hindu reiterates the claims through a case study in Kerala on the integrated farming method.
Some Twitter users were quick to point it out.
Biplab Deb is not wrong when he said oxygen levels will rise in water bodies if ducks swim in them. In integrated duck fish farming, ducks act as biological aerators for the fish in the pond. It is a way of providing sustainable livelihood for farmers. https://t.co/RIuwppzot3
— SamSays (@samjawed65) August 28, 2018
1/5: Don’t dismiss the ‘ducks in the pond statement’ of Biplab Deb before reading this: While swimming ducks can increase surface aeration, there is no comparison of a mechanical aerator that mixes oxygen in the deeper layers of the water.
— Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh (@Neurophysik) August 28, 2018
Biplab Deb is known for making such statements
In April he made a weird statement “Indians have been using the internet since the times of Mahabharata…Internet existed long ago in our country. It may have got lost in the middle but India was top in technology since the times of Mahabharata.”
He had also claimed the Buddha walked over the sea to Japan and Diana Hayden did not deserve her Miss World crown.
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