The royal oxen snacked on rice, corn and beans in the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony on Thursday, suggesting that farmers will enjoy bumper harvests of those crops.
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony was held in Svay Rieng province and was presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni along with high-ranking officials.
After the ritual plowing was completed, the royal oxen were led to 7 bowls of fodder containing rice, corn, beans, sesame, grass, water and wine.
Brahmin priest and astrologer announced that the oxen ate 95 percent of rice, 95 percent of corn and 80 percent of beans.
“The growing season in 2018, the yields of rice, corn and beans will be good,” he announced.
Hean Vanhan, director general of the Agriculture Ministry’s General Department of Agriculture, said that the Royal Ploughing Ceremony was to encourage farmers to work hard to sow more crops.
“All the beliefs are not 100 percent right by prediction, but it is encouraging farmers to work harder to cultivate more crops. When farmers know the prediction that yields will be good, the farmers who abandoned their fields or did not cultivate crop last year will return to cultivate,” Mr Vanhan said.