"It is expected this year our food grain production will break all records over our past record of 259 million tones in 2011-12 and 250 million tonne in the previous year," he said while inaugurating a Krishi Vigyan Kendra building.

Lauding Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and his ministry's role over the good performance in the sector, he said that India today has not only emerged as the largest producer of rice but also largest exporter in rice.

"We have also emerged as the second largest exporter of wheat, sugar and cotton," he said.

The President said that while in the first half of this year agriculture growth has touched 3.6 percent, it will touch four percent shortly.

Mukherjee also expressed confidence that the country will be able to fulfill the obligation of food security to the people after the enactment of National Food Security Act.

On the role of science and technology in the agricultural sector, he said that the proposed farm innovation fund will encourage development of new product technologies and methodologies by the farmer.

(Agencies)

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