A giant egg that may beat world records weighing 147 g

A “giant” B.Balady egg that weighs 147 grams is likely to be one of the largest in the world and is likely to beat some world records. This egg was produced by Maroun El-Helou, a member of the Development Cooperative in Jizzine (COOP) and beneficiary of the USAID-funded project “Expanding Economic Opportunities for Victims of War in the District of Jizzine – South Lebanon”, implemented by the World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) in Lebanon. The “giant” egg was produced within the context of the free-range egg production program implemented by WRF in partnership with the COOP who markets its products under the brand name B.Balady.

On February 26, 2011, Maroun was surprised to find among the chicken eggs that he was collecting from his farm an egg that was significantly larger than the other eggs. This “giant egg” currently weighs 147 g (it weighed 155 g when found) – 79 g more than the average chicken egg – and with a length of 9 cm compared to a 5 cm average length of a normal egg.

Maroun El-Helou, the producer of the egg, a 35-year-old man from Ghobbattieh village in Jizzine District, lives with his four sisters, brother and father while his mother had passed away when he was still seven months old. Maroun did not complete his education for socioeconomic reasons, mainly because of occupation and war. He then began working in “floor tiling” in Jizzine area and in Beirut.

Maroun was injured by a landmine in 1995. In October 2005, Maroun applied to WRF-Jizzine project, received a grant of 200 layers, and joined the Development Cooperative in Jizzine. His father used to help him in rearing the hens. This grant was at the time providing him with an average monthly income of $300. However, in September 2008, Maroun had to stop production since his father could not help him any more for health reasons and since he had to go intermittently to Beirut to work in floor tiling.

In November 2010, Maroun applied for a KAFALAT guaranteed loan and relaunched his production with a flock of 1,000 layers with help from his uncle, Tony El-Helou, who is also a COOP member. This step allowed him to make a net income of more than $2,000 per month. He says: “This grant helps me make a living covering much of my daily expenses”.

It is worth noting that Maroun was elected as a member of the Executive Board of the COOP in July 2010.

The “giant egg” story was addressed by local media where articles were published in the following: www.elnashra.com, www.lebanonfiles.com, and Annahar (Articles attached) and on the news of Future TV, MTV and NTV.

The COOP manager contacted representatives of the “Guinness Book of World Records” who informed him that the COOP needs to pay around $10,000 for a delegation to come to Lebanon to inspect the egg and verify the information, which the COOP cannot afford.

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