THE Fraser Coast's primary producers could take years to recover from the wild weather that has hammered the region in the past six weeks.
Tiaro grazier Ron Black said farmers along the riverbank would likely not be able to produce anything this year.
"We've got huge amounts of sand that has been deposited across pastures," he said.
"It will take a while for them to come back."
Mr Black said canegrowers in the region would likely have to plough and replant their crops and would face major financial losses.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was in the process of contacting the 1100 identified primary producers about funding sources and other information on recovery.
"Primary industry and farming is a big part of our economy," he said.
Cr O'Connell said the priority for recovery in the rural areas would be restoring roads, particularly the bridge near Brooweena.
"We've been talking to Main Roads about the urgency of that one," he said.
Tiaro Chamber of Commerce president Darryl Stewart said many farmers had lost hundreds of livestock drowned in floodwaters, fences washed away, and crops and topsoil washed away.
"Loss of farms due to lack of short-term income and long-term viability, loss of regional employment, lack of money circulation within regional communities and indeed, throughout the Fraser Coast, will be felt for years to come," he said.
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