Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry

Reckong Peo, District - Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh 

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Reckong Peo- An Overview

This area has remain abode of gods and even today there exists many ancient Gompas, Temples and Forts. Krishi Vigyan Kendra- Kinnaur was established in June1995 o.This Kendra serves as an important extension agency for farmers of tribal district.

The different programmes undertaken by this KVK are directly and indirectly related to the welfare of farmers and orchardists. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra is providing latest technical know how to the farming community and disseminating it even in difficult area of the region through training programmes, frontline demonstration, on farm testing and literature i.e. booklets, packages of practices and quarterly magazine (Kinner- Krishi). Hence, the farming community of the region is improving its economic condition through the production of quality fruits and vegetables by adopting interventions suggested by KVK.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Reckong Peo is a part of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan. It was established in 1995 with its head office at Reckong Peo and Institutional-cum-demonstration farm Sharb with the objective to transfer the science and technology in the field of horticulture and allied subjects to the farming communities of Kinnaur, a tribal district of Himachal Pradesh. The operational area of the KVK is Kinnaur district which constitutes of three development blocks namely Nichar, Kalpa and Pooh.

National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) Project

District Kinnaur- An Overview

District Kinnaur is situated in North-western Himalayas and constitutes a vast stretch of rugged mountain and dry inaccessible land bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Kinnaur is a tremendously beautiful district having the three high mountains ranges i.e. Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar, enclosing valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. The much religious Shivlinga lies at the peak of Kinner Kailash mountain. The beautiful district was opened for the outsiders in 1989. The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La Pass. In the ancient mythology the people of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands years old monasteries still exist in the area.The apples, chilgoza and other dry fruits are grown here are world famous. The high terrain here give way to great adventures sports of all kinds. Beautiful trekking routes includes the 'Parikarma of Kinner Kailash'. Here is also the Beautiful Nako lake and three famous wild life sanctuaries.
Mission Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Reckong Peo, is striving to usher the farming community of the tribal district Kinnaur to the fore front of prosperity by transforming horticulture and allied fields economy through science and technology interventions.


  • Facilitation and update of the extension officers/functionaries with emerging advances in horticulture/agricultural and allied field research and developments.

  • Organization of short & long term training programmes/vocational trainings in horticulture/agriculture and allied fields for the farmers and rural youths for bringing higher farm productivity and self-employment.

  • Organization of ‘Front-line demonstration’ on various crops for demonstration and adoption of improved farm technology.

  • Identification of location specific technologies for developing sustainable land use systems through conducting ‘On-farm testing (OFT)’ trials.

Major farming systems/ enterprises


S. No.

Farming System/ enterprise


Horticulture- Agriculture – Animal Husbandry


Horticulture- Animal Husbandry- Agriculture


Agriculture- Animal Husbandry- Horticulture

Description of agro-climatic zone & Major agro ecological situations


Agro – Climatic Zone



High Hills Dry Temperate Zone

The zone is characterized by an altitude > 2475 m amsl. The area is suitable for cultivation of apple, pear, almond, walnut, apricot, chilgoza (neoja) and grapes etc.



Agro ecological  situation



High Hills Wet Temperate

Altitude: 1600-2200 m amsl

Rainfall :200-250 mm


High Hills Dry Temperate

Altitude:2000- 2800 m amsl

Rainfall: 100-200mm


 High Hills Dry Temperate

Altitude: 2600-3600m amsl

Rainfall: <100mm

Horticultural Sector :

The district is known for the quality apples that have very good keeping quality and delicious group has shown the typical shape due the advantageous climatic conditions. Besides almond, apricot are major fruit crops growing in the area. New crops like hazel nut and pistachio nut are also being tested and introduced in the area. Hazel nut has a tremendous scope in the Nichar and Kalpa blocks, whereas pistachio nut can make some pavement in pooh block. So as to increase the production trend of horticultural crops, certain approaches are suggested as follow:

  • Propagation technique like chip budding, mound layering are to be disseminated

  • Off-season production (Green House technology)

  • Increasing production by bringing the fallow land, cultivable waste land, barren and uncultivated land into horticulture crop production or making farmers aware of HD plantations and its advantages.

  • Introduction and management of high yielding varieties.

  • Post-harvest processing units.

  • Establishment of cold storage units.


  • Marketing facilities.

  • Strengthening extension and policy planning.

  • Package of practices of different horticultural crops.


Programme Coordinator's Contact Details :


Dr Pankaj Gupta
Associate Director (R&E) and Head
Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station and KVK, Sharbo
Kinnaur 172 107 (HP) India
Telefax :+91 1786 222231; Email:


Location map