Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kinnaur, having headquarters at Reckong Peo, was established in 1995 by ICAR, New Delhi under the administrative control of Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, HP. The KVK is dedicated for strengthening transfer of technology to the farming communities of district Kinnaur with the main objective to promote cultivation of high value cash crops like temperate fruits, off-season vegetable crops, increasing area under oilseeds and pulses. Specialised horticultural ventures like cultivation of exotic vegetables, mushroom production, bee keeping, cultivation of medicinal plants etc are also emphasised upon for enhancing the income of peasantry of the District.
The key extension education programmes include on-farm testing, front line demonstration of novel and improved agro-technologies; training on various aspects of horticulture and forestry for increasing productivity and self-employment; exhibitions; publication of literature for farmers; and real time farmer advisories based on location and crop specific needs. Being a district level extension education organisation, this KVK caters the technical and capacity building needs of farming community, extension personnel and other stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in agriculture and rural development. KVK also plays a key role in providing the quality seed and planting material of improved varieties of potential crops of the District and other vital agro-inputs. In addition to farming, KVK organises various educational and awareness programmes for overall social upliftment of the society.