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Farming is a risky business. Be a smart farmer and use Budget Mkononi to plan your finances and see how profitable your agribusiness can be.

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Do you want to start an agribusiness, but you're not sure if it's a good investment?

Budget Mkononi is an interactive web-based budgeting tool that's designed to help young and inexperienced farmers identify the basic costs and elements required to set up and run their farming enterprise.

The problem

Budget Mkononi was developed by the producers of the reality TV show, Don't Lose the Plot, to encourage young aspiring and inexperienced farmers to view farming as a business, and provide them with the tools and knowledge to own, lease and run agribusinesses of their own.

A free agribusiness solution

Through Budget Mkononi, you can explore the relative merits of various commodities and visualise your cash flow requirements for the duration of the farming cycle. Budget Mkononi will help you farm in a productive and sustainable manner, and ultimately become successful entrepreneurs.

What do you want to farm?

Choose from a variety of short-term and high yielding commodities


Use our free budgeting tool to build your personalised budget and see how profitable your business could be.

Step-by-step instructions

The tool allows you to see the various stages of growing a commodity and the range of inputs and costs it requires over time.

Instant updates

All changes made to your budget are saved and updated automatically.

Add or remove inputs

You can add, remove or re-add items to your budget.

Edit estimated costs

We provide estimated costs and inputs which you can edit based on what you get from your local suppliers so that your budget is realistic.

Farming tool tips

Short tips a long th way to instruct you on how to carry out a particular activity and advise you on the best inputs to use.

Monthly cost summary

Each farming stage of your budget ends with a monthly breakdown of your costs. This will help you plan how much money you need to save, or the amount you need for a loan.

How it works

Why use Budget Mkononi?

A dynamic and easy to use tool that's available in both English and Swahili. What more could you ask for?


You can tailor your budgets by editing costs, sale prices, and adding or removing inputs to reflect your specific circumstances.


Do you need a farming guide? Each commodity is listed with further information on how to plant, manage, harvest and finance your agribusiness.

Support all devices

Budget Mkononi has a responsive design that works on internet-enabled devices of all sizes and it is optimized specifically for mobile phones.

Manage finances

You can save your budgets in order to refer to them later, and share them with lenders and financial institutions, to show that you have a viable business plan.

Don't take our word for it

Read what users have to say

Janestella Oloo

"At first, I didn't realise that I could change the prices to suit my situation. But now that I know, I think the tool is useful and will help me to plan my spending."

Gregory Mutisya

"The free budget service has greatly helped me in planning and making wiser decisions. It's precise, hence helping in attaining projected profit."

Cosmas Kantana

"I would like to thank the team for the good work being done. It has been easy to follow up the budget tool to come up with an accurate cost estimate."

Wilfred Lindalo

"I didn't know how to embark on this agribusiness journey. Thankfully I was able to look up Budget Mkononi and find useful info about budgeting for onions."

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