IIT Kanpur Report Supports ‘Ducks Raising Oxygen Level’ Statement by Tripura CM Biplab Deb

A lot of publications and people on social media attacked Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb when he said that he wants to distribute ducks among villagers in the state because he believes they will boost the rural economy.  and claims ducks provide additional benefits: as their swimming increases oxygen levels in water bodies.

Deb was addressing an inaugural event of a traditional boat race at Rudrasagar, an artificial lake around water palace Neermahal, when he made the statement. The chief minister told the audience that he planned to distribute 50,000 ducklings to fishermen who lived near the lake. The chief minister said that white ducklings would also be distributed to villagers across Tripura, especially at tourist destinations near waterbodies, to enhance natural beauty and boost the rural economy. Then, Deb explained why it was beneficial to have ducks.

“When ducks swim in water, oxygen level automatically increases in the waterbody. It (oxygen) gets recycled. Fish in the water will get more oxygen. They also benefit from the bird droppings. Thus, pisciculture will benefit and fishes will grow faster, that too in a completely organic way,” Deb said.

But surprisingly, what Biplab claimed might actually not be wrong as IIT Kanpur in one of its report has claimed “Ducks serve as bio aerators as they swim, play and chase in the pond. This disturbance to the surface of the pond facilitates aeration.”

Here’s the link for the report of IIT Kanpur:- http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/content/integrated-fish-cum-duck-farming

A Neuroscientist named Dr Sumaiya Shaikh has also given her opinion on this issue:

It seems that the media and people in India want to draw conclusions without having ample knowledge on a subject.

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