BANGKOK Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn attended an yearly plowing ceremony on Friday exactly where sacred oxen predicted a bountiful harvest, auguring very well for the world’s next biggest rice exporter’s hopes of advertising much more this year.
The royal plowing ceremony is an historic Brahminical rite which heralds the commence of the new rice escalating time.
Broadcast on point out television, the rite is celebrated in Thailand as a countrywide vacation for point out employees. Thailand is the world’s next-biggest rice exporter and the grain is a staple meals in the Southeast Asian country.
King Vajiralongkorn was accompanied by his eldest daughter as he presided in excess of the ceremony, for the duration of which oxen draped in crimson and gold circled a ceremonial ground 9 instances.
The range 9 is regarded a quite lucky range in Thailand exactly where it is pronounced “Gao” which rhymes with a phrase meaning to transfer ahead or progress.
Thanit Anekwit, deputy long term secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, study the prediction right after the ceremony, which marks the commence of the new rice-planting time.
“This year there will be more than enough drinking water, and grains, fruits, meals, meat will be abundant,” Thanit claimed.
“There will be sufficient rice in the fields.”
In the deeply superstitious country, an auspicious commence to the harvest time will be witnessed by some as a great omen for the new king’s reign.
Thailand aimed its paddy rice output this year at twenty five-26 million tonnes for 2017 to 2018, down from 30 million tonnes in the previous crop year.
The country also aims to export 10 million tonnes of rice in 2017, a minor much more than the 9.sixty three million tonnes it was capable to export in 2016. It has exported three.87 million tonnes so far this year.
Thai benchmark 5-per cent damaged rice was quoted as large as $387-$392 a tonne, free of charge-on-board (FOB) Bangkok, on Thursday, and was being undercut by rice from Vietnam, Thailand’s key competitor.
Related quality rice from Vietnam was trading at $355-360 a tonne, FOB Saigon.
($one = 34.6900 baht)
(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Patpicha Tanakasempipat Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)