Agartala: Infamous for his strange and sometimes incorrect claims, it seems Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s reputation preceded him this time. However, Deb, who is being trolled for saying “when ducks swim, they recycle water automatically and fish get more oxygen. Fish also benefit from duck droppings. This will help pisciculture and fish grow faster, that too in a completely organic way,” wasn’t quite off the mark.

A scientist spoke to ANI about how Deb was right in claiming that duck droppings help fish. “Duck-fish farming is integrated farming. Ducks’ excreta helps the growth of fish. Ducks are natural aerators and help in increasing the oxygen level. This has been proved through studies,” said Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education scientist A Debbarma. CM Deb had said a couple of days ago, “Aaj maine ghoshna ki hai 50,000 desi hans (ducks) aas pass ke logon ko de diye jayenge. Iss jalashai (Neermahal Lake) mein jab 50,000 safed ducks ghumengi to kitni sundar lagegi aur ussey oxygen bhi recycle hoti hai. (I have announced that 50,000 ducks will be given to locals. When that many ducks swim in Neermahal Lake, they will recycle oxygen).” (Also read: Amul MD Supports Biplab Deb Suggestion)

CM’s OSD Sanjay Mishra launched into a detailed explanation as to how Deb had been misunderstood. “This isn’t the first time that such a controversy has erupted over the CM’s speech. Those present at the spot understood what he was saying and didn’t start a controversy. But those not present there did. This has been happening to tarnish his image,” Mishra claimed. He went on to explain, “A research by Chhattisgarh’s Indira Gandhi Agriculture University states that when ducks swim, atmospheric phosphate and other minerals are created which help in the growth of green algae, the primary source of generation of oxygen in the water…Ducks are considered useful for that purpose since ancient time. There is scientific evidence of the same. There’s an organisation the professor of which conducted research that ducks aerate water by swimming. They’re biological aerators.”