MEMBERS of the Fijian Teachers Association have agreed to open a supermarket or a co-operative store to help generate income for the association.
This was suggested by the Retired Fijian Teachers Association branch during their annual general meeting that ended in Suva on Thursday.
Branch rep Iliesa Nasedra asked the FTA board to consider this idea because it would also be a platform where members and their children could be employed, increase members' faith in the association that it would continue to meet their needs, give members a chance to be included in other development plans, and encourage members to work together.
Mr Nasedra said it was about time iTaukei people trust in their ability to run a successful business.
FTA president Merewairita Moci explained to members that the motion was part of the association's long-term plan.
"We should take into consideration all the plans put in place regarding this project, it's in the pipeline," Mrs Moci said.
"It doesn't mean that if we agree to it today, by next year we will have a store or supermarket up and running. It can be in five years time."
The motion was opposed by some members who argued that the association did not have enough capital for such a project.