Scala Japan and Telkom Indonesia Announce Strategic Alliance to Drive Agricultural Innovation for Food Sustainability

(Person from the left is Mr.Komang Telkom EVP Digital Business & Technology, Mr. Fajrin Telkom Director of Digital Business, Mr.Nagino Scala Director, Representative Executive Officer & President, The building is Telkom Landmark Tower where the ceremony was held.)

Joint Press Release – Tokyo, Japan & Bandung, Indonesia

Scala, Inc. (Scala), headquartered in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, led by Director, Representative Executive Officer & President Norikatsu Nagino, Ph.D., and PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom), Indonesia’s premier state-owned telecommunications company, headquartered in Bandung, Digital Business led by Muhamad Fajrin Rasyid, are thrilled to announce a strategic business alliance. This partnership is committed to promoting innovation and development within the agricultural sector, leveraging the strengths of both organizations to address pressing challenges and opportunities in this essential industry.

The Imperative for Alliance:

With the global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, there’s an escalated urgency to enhance food production, particularly in developing countries where about 97% of farmers are hindered by limited access to essential resources for scaling production. In response, Scala and Telkom have dedicated themselves to co-create and incubate innovative, technology-driven solutions aimed at revolutionizing the agricultural ecosystem.

Combining Strengths for Sustainable Impact:

Telkom contributes its vast experience in tackling national challenges, supported by significant financial capabilities and an extensive network within the political and business realms. Through AGREE, its dedicated venture, Telkom has led the development of comprehensive farm management systems and B2B marketplaces, among other innovative solutions.

Scala brings a highly specialized team operating across Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia, focused on establishing unique partnerships between investors and startups to spearhead impactful co-creation projects. Scala’s initiatives in the agricultural sector, such as developing a credit scoring model for farmers and digital cooperative infrastructures, have demonstrated significant potential to enhance both productivity and sustainability.

Vision for Joint Business Development:

The alliance aims to bolster Farm Management, an emerging agritech initiative that focuses on organizing farmers and providing advisory services to substantially increase production capacities. By leveraging AGREE’s B2B marketplace platform, Scala and Telkom plan to enable direct transactions between Farm Management and the central Indonesian market. This effort seeks to use advanced big data analytics to forecast demand and streamline the agricultural value chain, setting new standards for efficiency and sustainability.

Roadmap to a Sustainable Future:

April 2024: Initiation of a pilot project to test and refine our integrated solutions.
May 2024 & Beyond: Rigorous evaluation of pilot outcomes and optimizations.
Mid-2024: Based on the pilot’s success, we will launch our collaborative solutions to the wider market.

Comments from Leadership:

Norikatsu Nagino, Director, Representative Executive Officer & President of Scala, Inc.:
“Our alliance with Telkom marks the beginning of a transformative journey for agriculture. Together, we’re leveraging technology to create sustainable solutions that will empower farmers and secure food for future generations.”

Muhamad Fajrin Rasyid, Director of Digital Business of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk:
“Partnering with Scala accelerates our mission to drive societal progress through innovation. This collaboration will unlock new opportunities in agriculture, enhancing productivity and sustainability.”

About Scala, Inc.

Scala, Inc., established in 1991, evolved from a database distributor into an IT conglomerate, providing B2B communication products and digital transformation solutions for corporations and public offices.

Under the leadership of Mr. Nagino with a Ph.D. in AI, Scala emphasizes co-creation with partners to foster digital innovation, addressing social challenges through technology. Globally, the company focuses on Agriculture, Healthcare, and Education sectors, demonstrating its commitment to leveraging its technological expertise for significant social impact across global markets.

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About Telkom Indonesia

Telkom Indonesia is Indonesia’s state-owned digital telecommunications company that focuses on three business domains: Digital Connectivity, including fiber to the x (FTTx), 5G, software-defined networking (SDN) /network functions virtualization (NFV) / satellites; Digital Platform, including data centers, cloud, the internet of things (IoT), big data / AI, cybersecurity; and Digital Services for consumers, enterprises, and its wholesale business. Telkom Indonesia strives to strengthen its leadership position in digital connectivity, develop digital talent to accelerate the growth of digital platforms, foster innovation in digital services, and deliver greater value to businesses through its portfolio optimization efforts and agile implementation capabilities.

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■Contact for inquiries on this matter

Scala,Inc. Global Business Management Division
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