Derwent Valley farmers are still coming to grips with the devastation from the summer bushfires, as the Government starts distributing more recovery money.

A further $500,000 is available in one-off grants to help local farmers re-seed paddocks and fix fencing.

It will be the final round in recovery funding.

Farmers have welcomed the government support since the January bushfires which destroyed 11,000 hectares, but say the recovery will take years.

Jones River farmer Pip Allwright says the physical and psychological scars from the fire are deep.

"Six months on, I know within our own family everyone's just psychologically hit a brick wall," she said.

"The Government has been fabulous, they have been really supportive and I think it's also up to the farmers to say, 'we do need help'.

"We're actually not afraid to ask now, whereas maybe a year or two ago we would've been."

She says reseeding devastated paddocks and re-fencing are the major hurdles.

"The year before we'd spent a lot of money on fertilisers, that's all just dead money."

The Premier, Lara Giddings, says supervised crews from the Ron Barwick prison will help farmers repair fences.

She agrees the recovery will take years, not months.

"While some of the perimeter fences have now been fixed they still have kilometres upon kilometres of internal fencing which still needs to be fixed," she said.

 

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