The son of the Sultan of Brunei, one of the world's richest men, has wed bride Dayangku Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah in a spectacular ceremony at the monarch's 1,788-room palace in Brunei's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony, held yesterday in Battambang province, has forecast a promising outlook for the production of beans and corn in the coming year, although observers say that much still depends on the weather. The ceremony, conducted under the presence of King Sihamoni, marks the beginning of the agricultural production and rainy season.

In the country’s highlands, economics, cell phones and young love are fuelling an increase in early marriage.

The price of pepper has risen every year but one since 2009, while coffee has swung between gains and losses. Coffee farmer Bui Van Trong is planning to switch as much as 15 per cent of his five-acre farm to pepper after prices more than tripled in five years.

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