Prompt use of post harvest technology, value addition; proper storage and marketing at the right time will enhance income of farmers, said K. Alagu Sundaram, director of Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, here on Tuesday.

Speaking at an awareness programme on Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act organised by the Centre for Ecology and Research, an non-governmental organisation, Mr. Alagu Sundaram said that traditional and improved varieties of crops conserved by the breeders and farmers should be registered using the provision available in the Act.

B. Chandrasekaran, professor and head of Soil and Water Management Research Institute (SWMRI), traced the history of the PPV and Farmers Right Act. He appealed to the participants to form farmers' groups and register rare variety of crops. V. Balasubramaniyan, joint director of agriculture, participated in the function. A book on the Act was released on the occasion.